Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Interesting how life's twists and turns create a path that seems so perfect at times. "Interesting" doesn't do it justice, it's down right impossible to imagine life's dots should've been connected the way they do.
We all understand struggle. No one goes through life without it, but the biggest difference is the relativity of it. Finanically well off folks might "struggle" during their 10s of thousands of dollar remodel. Others may struggle to eat and drink water today. But in reality the hardships that are most prominent are the ones that come abruptly. From that acute change comes stress, frustration, depression, volatility in behavior, etc. and furthermore, it's the subsequent reaction to that change that make our lives and personalities so unique.
I look at my situation: tore my ACL and meniscus at the pinnacle time of my comeback to international rugby; with only 6 months left in my pursuit of the Olympics. And so here I am thinking of my hardship, and it sucks; but it's nothing more than another dot, another twist or turn in my life. How it gets connected to the future is yet to be seen, but it's my faith that allows me to truly believe the end result will be positive. That may or may not lead to the Olympics, but whatever happens will exceed my expectations nonetheless.
"How do you know?"
And this is where my faith comes in. Where as most people's faith is referred to their faith in God, that basic premise is believing in something without proof or fact. My Faith is blind too, but in my belief of positivity. I may or may not be on the brink of becoming religious, but what I know is you have to believe the best in life will come from challenging situations. Not knowing, but still believing is Faith. And my faith is helping guide me through this challenging process. I don't wish ACL reconstruction surgery on anyone, especially when there's an expedited time table for recovery. It's been 4 1/2 weeks since surgery and every day has been harder than the next. With that comes growth in my personal life that I'm thankful for. One day at a time is the approach. If I can keep that then the 4 1/2 months in which I need to be ready to play will be here sooner than I know it, and with the right outcome in the end. So here's to keeping the faith!
(7 days after surgery)