I currently have what I believe to be tennis elbow. I could get angry or depressed about it (the injury takes about 6 – 12 months to heal and it’s my dominant arm) or I could practice amor fati (“love of fate”) and recognize how this is actually beneficial to me.
- I am becoming more mindful of how my body works and what needs to be done in order for me to maintain its many functions. This means stretching and paying attention to my body’s form while sitting/driving/etc. I am becoming healthier even if it doesn’t feel that way.
- I am learning not to take my other limbs for granted (it’s easy to do with things that seem so second-nature, like being able to walk or type when in reality these things can easily be taken away from us).
- I am learning to have more patience. I was looking forward to exercising again after taking various family trips that prevented me from doing so. Now I have to wait even longer (driving seems to be the cause of the injury, so I am letting it rest for a week before trying again). I also won’t be able to do many of the upper body exercises I enjoy and will instead have to focus on lower-body development/cardio.
- I am getting to know my left hand better while strengthening it and making it more useful (I am typing this almost solely with that hand)
- I am learning to not make excuses. My right arm is in pain but the other works perfectly fine. Life goes on. I still have responsibilities to tend to, and I can do them with a smile.
Undesirable things will happen throughout our lives, but as Ryan Holiday writes, “If it happened, then it was meant to happen, and I am glad that it did when it did. I am meant to make the best of it.”
I am choosing to make the best of this situation. To become better because of it, and to be grateful for its presence in my life. I am excited for this opportunity to grow and to look back on this 6 – 12 months from now, stronger than ever.