via Daily Prompt: Heal
In all honesty, healing from anything is rough.
Physical and Metal pain takes a long time to recover from, and it’s often a frustrating, discouraging process.
So, in my contribution to the Daily Post’s discussion, I would like to highlight a theme that is so often looked over: patience.
Recently, I had a bad cold (and yes, I’m aware that this complaint is certainly a “first world problem), which took me out of school for several days. In addition to missing my lessons, I couldn’t attend Crew practices or do anything mentally* or physically demanding. Unfortunately, that was a bit of a problem for me, because I thrive on constant, challenging work. Holed up in my house, I began to think about everything I was missing: all of the workouts, the homework, the lessons I would have to make up.
I strongly recall the urge to erg, go on a run, do some sit-ups, anything to get back into the daily routine so abruptly interrupted by a few unwelcome bacteria.** I began to work out a few times, but it was immediately clear that I couldn’t: it was difficult to breathe.
Over time, I realized that I would have to wait for my body to get fully better in order for me to return to my regular life. I would have to wait, and give myself the full time for recovery. I would have to use patience, that sense of personal restraint that I have far too little of.
And, after a lot of waiting, I went to practice and felt a lot better. I certainly wasn’t at 100%, but not the coughing-all-over-the-erg mess that I would have been a few days ago.
I had two takeaways from that experience: a) never get sick again b) healing takes time, don’t push yourself before you’re ready.
Please, dear readers, do not forget to give you or others proper time to recover from anything physically, or mentally taxing. That sentiment extends far beyond students-athletes and their first-world complaining. 🙂
Now it’s my turn to ask you all: what have you had to recover from? What was that like? And what is your advice for getting through the process?
*Alright so technically I suppose I could have worked on some busy work for school, but neither had the effort or motivation.
**Not sure how to describe this accurately in any medical sense, despite the fact that one of my family members is a pediatrician.