The lesson I learnt from my injury.

“It’s part of life to have obstacles. It’s about overcoming obstacles; that’s the key to happiness.” — Herbie Hancock

So often do I find myself reflecting on what happened to me on the 10th of July 2015. As much as it hurts me to relive the moments in my mind, I can’t help but not disconnect from such a life-changing memory.

On the 10th of July, I found myself waking up on a beautiful Sunday morning looking forward to playing rugby. As tradition, I would go through my morning routine. Drink tea, read the news and have a bowl of cereal. I can recall how my excitement wouldn’t allow me to do anything other than focus on the game. Everything seemed perfect. The weather, the field, the energy and the atmosphere.

Then it happened…

10mins into the game I fractured my patella whilst scoring a try. What happened after went by in a flash.

The ambulance came, nurses gave me laughing gas to control the pain, they took me to the hospital, x-rays and ultrasounds were done and then I was surrounded by specialists saying that surgery had to be done ASAP. 
What seemed like a couple of hours felt like minutes in my mind. I was still trying to process everything. I felt useless, unable to move my leg, unable to do anything…I felt hopeless.

Unfortunately, the feeling of being hopeless would become my reality for a long time. For 6 months I hopped around on crutches, struggled to go to the toilet, bared with extreme pain, stared outside a window wishing to run again. For 8 months I was lonely. For 10 months I stayed home, inactive and gained so much weight. For 12 months I battled depression and for 6 months I thought of committing suicide.

Throughout this dull blog, there is a great lesson id like to share with you all.

In our troubles and adversities, we can sometimes feel sorry for ourselves and enslave our minds in the past. I found that it is better for one to accept what has happened, appreciate the present and stay focussed on what is to come. The more we feel sorry for ourselves the more we torture ourselves. We trap ourselves in a cage that only gets smaller and smaller and in the end, suffocate us.

I found that as soon as I stopped dwelling on the questions, “What if?” and “Why me?”, I discovered peace! I was able to move forward in my life. I felt free…

Its been 2 years after my accident and as much as I pictured my self-being back to normal, the reality is that so far, my knee doesn’t feel the same as it used to be. Every morning I’m always greeted by pain from my knee, my physiotherapist believes that going back into rugby is a long shot and that arthritis will become my reality sooner than expected. Despite all these experiences, I continue to uphold the oath I made during my time of injury. “walk where I can and run every morning.”

Today, I walk where I can and run everyday. I wake up every morning grateful that I am able to have these gifts and I remind myself that there are people out there who wish they could walk and run. I know this because I was that guy begging to be granted the opportunity to walk and run again.

If you are going through a rough time in life or going through the same experience as I did, I challenge you to remember that whats done is done. Embrace the moment, accept what has happened, live in the now and push forward to the future. In the end, you will set yourself free.

All the best.

“It’s part of life to have obstacles. It’s about overcoming obstacles; that’s the key to happiness.” — Herbie Hancock
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