Pain isn’t the easiest thing to live with but it isn’t impossible. We have all had those days where the pain just doesn’t seem to give up and it relentlessly nags you until you feel like you will never recover. We all have to remember this is far from the truth. We will all make it and be better for the struggle. Being able to overcome those days that are so tiresome (and quite frankly miserable) make us realize the extent of our capabilities. We are strong and independent and we will survive anything. It may seem hard to keep a straight face and continuously tell everyone, “I am fine” (you know you say it even though it may not be true!) but just keep in mind that there is tomorrow and you never know what it will bring. So when the pain is constant and seemingly endless just say, “I may be down today but I will be up tomorrow.”
Everyone and every family deals with their own disappointments and upsets. Everyone receives bad news or gets into situations that are tough to deal with. These are unfortunate but unavoidable. These inevitable events are what my family and I have come to call bumps in the road. Each road has its own bumps and potholes but just ahead is a patch of newly placed concrete. Holding your head up high and making it through the tough situations will make you a stronger person and will make you feel more appreciative of that new asphalt. The situations may seem like the worst thing that’s ever happened and that you will never be the same but this is far from true. You are capable of handling more than you think. You are going to make it through those rough patches and you are going to be okay. Not to far from now there is going to be a patch of fresh concrete where you can put the windows down, crank the music and know that you are okay!
I told the story of my most embarrassing and devastating dislocation before and since I told that story, I was prepared to be embarrassed and regret it but I haven’t. I have found that if I laugh at myself first and realize just how ridiculous it is to be embarrassed about something that is out of my control. So, I have had another epic whip out since then and I figured “Hey, why not post about it to the internet!” So here we go….
Let’s set the scene… I went to lunch with my fiance and his parents at a local place that we often eat at. We love the small hometown places and this place always stays full. I had an audience to say the least. Well we had already eaten and we were getting ready to leave to free up a table for those that were standing. As we left, my fiance stopped to get a refill. This left him facing away from me. As I walked out, I slipped and by slipped I mean total wipe out. I crashed into the front door that has those bells attached so the workers know to expect another customer. EVERY eye turned my way. As I was falling I grabbed for the handle and I subluxed my shoulder because of the force I fell and all my weight being on that one arm. To say it was painful is a bit of an understatement. To this day my neck still hurts. But the worst part wasn’t the pain, it was the embarrassment. I got myself up and promptly ran (okay, swiftly walked) to the car and to make things worse the car was locked. -__- The other customers who were concerned about the girl who just took a face dive into the door were looking through the windows and staring at me. I smiled and waited for my fiance to meet me outside and let me into the car so I could die of embarrassment. I thought that this embarrassment would last a long time but it didn’t. It lasted about an hour before I was laughing and making jokes about being able to hurt myself in the most hilarious ways.
The moral of this story is don’t get hung up on the silly or embarrassing things. There is always a brighter side to the story. I bust my tail in front of a building full of people, hurt myself pretty bad and still laugh about it. Try to forget the humiliating parts and take joy in the small things. Enjoy the EveryDay Successes.