I have been blessed with the health and ability to complete several physical tasks. This includes things like running, competing in CrossFit, playing sports, carrying my kit, lifting my kids off the floor, etc. This ability comes and goes with certain injuries. When it happens we focus on what we can no longer do and when we have it we complain that things like running and burpees suck. There was a time when my hamstring was blown out and I couldn’t do something as simple as walk quickly across the street and jump up a curb because traffic was coming. I lost the ability to play frisbee at the beach (if I wanted to do that). I wasn’t only thinking about fitness, I was thinking about my wellness and quality of life.
While being injured can be physically and emotionally painful, that is something you have control over. That is the time you make a decision. Part of the pain is the loss of a gift you had and you want it back. Choosing to accept your current predicament and focus on the gifts you still CAN do is the path to strength and appreciation. Getting injured is good. It’s an opportunity to slow down, regroup, appreciate what you do have, and to come back better than you were before. It’s also a lesson that movement is a gift. Health is wealth. Don’t pollute that gift with complaints.
Think about this: Imagine you are 85 years old and got the chance to go back in time to now. Imagine how awesome it would feel to move. What would you do with it?