I’m currently halfway done with a lot of things in my life.
I’m already more then halfway done recovering from my stress fracture. Judging by the location of my stress fracture as well as the thickness of the crack, my doctor created a timeline of my healing process. So far so good and he has been able to accurately predict how it would heal. I’m about three and a half weeks of no running and everything continues to go streamline I might be able to run my first mile soon. Mentally the time has flown by. This injury has been different from any other injury that I’ve had. I didn’t stress that I was injured. I actually never once cried. The time keeps ticking away very quickly. I credit that to staying busy and not worrying about it. I also credit it to not whining too much and seeking positive aspects of my life. I didn’t create an injury hashtag and I limited how much I complained about being injured. I was truly happy for my friends PRing in their 5ks, 10k, marathons and whatever else. In turn, I feel it’s made the time go quicker because I’m not dwelling on the fact I’m injured.
More importantly, I’m one month into T’s deployment (with one month to go). I’m mentally in a hell of a lot better spot than I would have thought.
If you were to ask me in August, Hollie how do you think you’ll feel when your finance is deployed and you have a stress fracture?
I would have probably responded with, that’s not really a situation I want to deal with. It’s probably not a situation I could even comprehend at the time. I would be an emotional wreck.
Here I am dealing with that exact situation. Within the matter of two weeks I rode an emotional roller coaster of T leaving and then finding out I had a stress fracture. I’m injured and dealing with fiance being deployed but I’m making the best of the situation. I’m not allowing myself to be in a negative spot. I’m looking for the positive and good situations versus the negative and not so good. Honestly, some days are better than others but I’m not an emotional wreck. I’m nowhere near that mindset and haven’t found myself there very much at all. While I can’t say this is my favorite stretch of my life, I can’t sit and pretend I’m letting myself be miserable. It’s always been in my nature to make the best of situations. While I may vent or ramble about something, I’m always striving to make the best of the situation.
I’ve found keeping busy and keeping out of an empty house is one of the biggest factors for me to stay happy. I’m working, I’m seeing friends and I’m not allowing myself be consumed by the internet. I truly believe those that sit around and feel sorry for themselves aren’t going to be as happy.
Could I sit on the internet for hours on end, keep to myself and “get through it”? Sure but that’s not really a life I want to live, running or not.
It’s made me realize that I have a ton of other interests that have nothing to do with running (something I think everyone needs). In case you wondered, I wish I could say I’ve used this extra time to plan our wedding…but that would be a false statement. I’ve really found other things that interested me. I have no regrets on anything and have truly taken time to enjoy life.
I’ve fostered friendships in the last month. I’ve learned my friends near and far always have my back. They’ve kept me sane. They’ve kept me from having any meltdowns, from feeling sorry for myself and from becoming more of a mess than usual. They’ve allowed me to just talk and to bounce ideas off of.
That being said, I’m very much halfway through my recovery and halfway through Tim’s deployment. I’m still looking forward to when I’m 100% the way through both. Throughout both situations, I try and keep the concept of things could always be worse. There will always be people that have it “worse than I do” and that I should take time to realize that. That being said I have a countdown to Tim getting back as well as a countdown to my first mile that I’ll be able to run. This is just one short chapter of my life. A chapter building a foundation for the next greater chapter of life.
I always look at this photo and realize that life is full of great moments whether you are looking or not.
Question for you: How do you stay positive in rough times?