Think history doesn't repeat itself? Think again. Ten years years ago I was preparing to celebrate a landmark birthday on the beautiful beaches of Waikiki and Maui. I was over the moon happy as I was heading out for a bike ride. My mind was racing with all the fun my friend and I were going to have out there. Visions of myself taking surfing lessons early in the morning were dancing though my head as I hopped off the last step leading to the garage....and ended up sprawled out on the pavement. The pain radiating from my ankle was excruciating and I had trouble catching my breath.
I still went on vacation, but spent my time out there icing my foot at the beginning and end of each day and never did try my hand at surfing.
Today is day 2 of my vacation. Although I am not travelling anywhere, I still had a list of things I wanted to accomplish. So, I headed downstairs Monday morning to hop on my bike (are you seeing a pattern here?) and knock some things off my to do list. One minute I'm walking, the next I'm doubled over, seeing stars. Yep, I managed to sprain my foot. Again.
I think I understand how some animals opt for gnawing off their foot to end the pain and free themselves from a trap. The non stop throbbing and pain is making me a little coo-coo and I am functioning on two speeds: slow and stop.
However, as much of a pain this is (pardon the pun), it has made me realise that I have not been living fully in the moment. My mind tends to race to the next thing I have to do and I usually have several tasks going at once. A lot of things get done on auto-pilot.
Walking with crutches is not as easy as I thought it would be, so I have come up with some pretty creative ways to move around my apartment. I won't divulge what they are, but suffice it to say my floors are now uber clean.
I've been reading, catching up on my PVR'd shows and chatting on the phone to pass the time. All in all, it's not so bad I guess. This injury has forced me to slow down and I guess that's not such a bad thing.
Hi! I'm Chris, an empty nester living in Montreal and making the most of this stage in my life. I love cooking for friends and family, DIY projects, decorating and writing.