“Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?” ~Mary Oliver
I work with sick people, very, very sick people. A place where treatment success is measured in months rather than years and it is hard sometimes.
There is a quote by Edward Abbey that has haunted me every day since the day I first read it and it hovers over me like an anvil ready to fall, “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
Since I clearly fear death, does that mean I am not living fully enough? Do I waste too much time worrying about the small stuff and fail to notice the mini-miracles and good stuff all around me? Do I dwell too much on what I CAN’T do and not celebrate what I CAN do?
When recovering form injury, I (and I would say most people) become way too self-absorbed in their recovery and focus a little too much on their limitations and every little ache and pain. Anton Krupicka explained it well, “I don’t deal with it very well. The injury has added a level of stress that has affected all areas of my life, and it has required me to look at myself and my make-up and how I make myself happy and find meaning.”
I work with sick people, very, very sick people, but I never hear anyone complain or dwell or cry out in grief or regret and they amaze and inspire me every single day.
Week 9 is dedicated to the Iron People, the people that persevere through the most challenging adversities and demonstrate that truly, truly anything is possible. When you get down and out and frustrated with your own recovery whatever that might be, watch this video below and I promise, it will make you want to do whatever it takes to get back out there!