It was a dark December morning and I was running through a ploughed field, desperately trying to not face plant when my ankle started to hurt. Instead of allowing recovery time, I did that thing that runners do and went into complete denial, bandaged it up with KT tape and insisted on running… EVERY DAY! Someone working in the health and fitness industry should know better but I guess we are all guilty of ignoring our own advice. The upshot now is that I wont be able to run for at least a month. Am I upset- NO! Why?- Because that’s far too cliché. I can still cycle and seeing as I am on the spin bike almost every day of the week and have been for the last 15 years, all is not lost. I also intend to get back on my road bike again once the weather picks up. I can lift weights and practise Pilates.
I had an idea in my head that I wanted to run every day over the Christmas period and despite suffering from achillies tendinitis, pushed on through with that idea and as a result, that misplaced bloody determination has prolonged my recovery. I’m not at all worried about the injury, it’s one of those things that can happen, it’ll heal and I will run again! But had I adapted to the change right away instead of resisting it, I’d probably be running now.
So my point to this blog is not directed at my injury, it’s to do with the ability to adapt to the situation you find yourself in. Change can happen fast and most of the big changes I’ve experienced in my life have shot out of nowhere with no warning and dramatically changed everything. I’ve also had other changes such as my current injury that havent had such a huge impact on my life but they have certainly thrown a spanner in the works, and what I’ve learnt is that the best thing one can do is to adapt as quickly as possible. I read a Buddha quote once that read “You can only lose what you cling to”. My intent to cling onto the idea that I must run over the Christmas period as planned was in the end to my detriment. Sometimes we have an idea in our head of what life is supposed to be like and when that changes, we can make things rather difficult by clinging onto what is no more.
The amazing thing about life is that we are free to choose and we are able to adapt very quickly if we want to. Change is happening all the time, nothing is permanant and everything around us is constantly changing. Some things happen very fast and have a huge impact on us and other things happen much slower but everything is ALWAYS changing. The best thing we can do is change with them and find the best strategy for happiness instead of clinging onto something that no longer exists.
I’m lucky that my injury is only minor and I am still able to cycle, weight train and practise pilates, but the situation got me thinking about what I’d do if I was unable to exercise at all. Would I let it get me down?- I don’t think so. I’d just do something else. Maybe I’d become an artist; read more books; write books; learn languages; make jewelery; learn to play an instrument; act; bake; learn coding- the list of things that interest me are endless! Sometimes when shit hits the fan, we think it’s all over and we’ll never be happy again because we can’t do the thing we love. But why limit yourself? Life is there to live, to explore, to create, to enjoy. The key to happiness is to find joy in your present situation and focus on the positives. So until I’m back up and running, I’ll be doing lots of spin, lifting some heavy weights, practising pilates every day, reading books, and generally living my best life!
I’ve always embraced change and enjoy big changes whatever they may be; I find it keeps life interesting. I’ve never been one for routine and I like that life can be so unpredictable. I do have my moments of doubt but I snap myself out of them quickly and remember that we are here for such a short amount of time and there is so much to do! Maybe that’s why I’m happy.
Change is very exciting. It means something new is about to start. A new beginning. A rebirth. A chance to evolve and reinvent. An opportunity to upgrade and level up. It can force you into doing something you may never have thought to explore and above all, it keeps life interesting!
Resisting change is futile. It’s the quickest and surest way to misery. Accept what’s happened, adapt and move on quickly.