My husband and I have had three main goals for our judo adventure around the world:
Any athlete knows the agony of having an injury. All you want to do is get back at your sport- the aching is a reminder of what you are unable to do. It plagues your mind. Its similar to when you are a committed employee and you get sick- that presentation, report, and lingering to-do list haunts you as you are stuck in bed to mend.
As I was taken to the university doctor for evaluation all I could do was feel sorry for myself. Thinking of the practices I will miss. The opportunities for improvements lost. The worry about how long this will put me out. The self pity machine ran heavy as the doctor twisted, poked, and prodded to determine the source and magnitude of the injury. As an athlete this sense of anger towards being injured is natural - it comes with a deep sense of sadness and helplessness because you are being held back from what you need to do.
But I am older for an athlete.
I am not stubborn and I refuse to run back to the gym prior to healing.
I know injuries and illness are a part of life.
And I am not someone who allows for much sulking.
Here's my go to "how to survive an injury/illness" guide:
The above being said, I have been working my butt off at self care, committing 100% to it and am feeling better daily and because of this, I will likely be back on the mat earlier than the doctors anticipated! The fact that I only let myself sulk for an hour or so allowed me to spend most of my time committed to being better than ever.
Take care of yourself. Listen to your body. Be creative when you are down. Be positive.
Then get back at it- stronger, more focused, more gratuitous, and more empowered than ever.
Believer that everyone is special.