Sometimes in life everything just gets a bit too much. Work commitments start building up, the usual family disagreements start frustrating you, and catching up with friends is the last thing on your mind. You just want to run into a secluded forest, set up a little tee-pee and spend the rest of your days wandering the river bank looking for flowers. Am I right, or am I right?
This last week I’ve had an excruciating neck injury which has prevented me from doing the simplest of tasks without stabbing pain. I’ve held back tears, said yes to things I knew would hurt, and smiled through the pain. Being unable to move your neck is certainly a slap in the face when you realise all the thing you’d taken for granted in the past, like bending over to pat your dog, or nodding in agreement with someone during a conversation. I’ve literally felt completely useless and quite honestly, like crying in bed with a heat pack all day long. I don’t want to talk to anyone, I don’t want to be responsible for anything or held accountable for things, and I certainly haven’t felt like functioning in the real world. To put it simply, I’ve wanted to fast forward through the pain and recovery of this injury and get back to living my life. But things don’t always go to plan do they?
So how do we get back on track when shit hits the fan? How do we get up and go in the morning, put on a brave face and tackle the day to day duties of Life As An Adult (that thing we were all warned of in our more youthful times)? To be honest I’m still looking for that answer, that light bulb moment where everything falls into a place and I’m suddenly one of those super-humans who can conquer any adversity with class and charisma. What I do know however, is that we gotta keep trying. Sure – take some time out if you need it. Take a day off work, listen to what your body needs and don’t fight your gut instincts. But at the end of the day, pick yourself up again and remember that there is always sunshine after the rain. Storms will pass, skies will clear and you will smile again with authenticity 🙂