Admittedly, I’m always on the go. I unintentionally walk fast, read fast, and accomplish things on my to-do list in record time. In many ways, this is great because I accomplish what I want, when I want. I thrive on deadlines and crossing things off of lists. The downside? I often fail to relax or simply enjoy the present moment.
A minor accident last weekend left me with a cracked rib, accompanied by a large supply of pain killers, ice, and rest. Immediately afterward, I became frustrated with the realization that my marathon training was squashed. I’m thirteen weeks from the race and will likely be recovering for half of that. The past week was emotional as I struggled to endure the challenge of rest along with the reality of my interrupted fitness routine. (As a side note, I live in a city where my main mode of transportation is walking, which adds an additional challenge of being confined to my apartment for the majority of the day since walking is uncomfortable.)
I began wondering, as I always do, what good could come out of this? How can I turn a not-so-fortunate event into a positive? It may sound hokey, but past experience has taught me that mind wins over matter every single time.
After some soul searching, I have come to peace with the new opportunity to focus on blogging, writing, and tackling a few side projects that I have put off for a while. Rather than continue to sulk over the lost opportunities, I will focus my energy on things I may not have otherwise had the chance, time or energy to pursue.
Maybe being forced to slow down is what I needed after all.