We get injured once in a while. I’m not talking about major injuries. I’m speaking of the ones that seem to happen despite our best effort to improve ourselves. These are life lessons.
Here’s my story.
Recently I began a new exercise regime. It’s based on ease of movement since I have issues with both of my knees. It’s not major but I have to really watch what activities I do so I don’t make matters worse.
I was about a week into a HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) routine. My goal has been to only have one day rest in between session. Each session is just under 20 minutes, so totally doable from my perspective. Unfortunately, I ended up missing three days in a row. So this morning, as I returned to the video (yes, good thing I do this at home!) I was amazed that it didn’t seem difficult after such a break in between. I was able to keep up and even give a bit more.
Of course, that’s when it happened. I somehow strained, pulled, hyperextended my right leg and felt something behind my knee go boing. I tried to keep going at a lesser pace but no, my calf muscle wasn’t going to cooperate.
Great. It figures, just when I finally get my arse into a routine! Then I did the most logical thing an experienced holistic practitioner would do. I iced it. Then I rubbed a muscle relaxer blend of essential oils and arnica over the muscle as I let Reiki flow. But, it has benched me for the remainder of the day.
I was able to get some desk duty stuff done, mingled in with movement so the muscles don’t stiffen up more. Right now it feels like a muscle cramp in the making so I continue with gentle stretching (heel lowering on a stair to gently stretch the muscles and tendons). Ice it on and off, rub some more holistic blend on the muscle as I gently massage it. Continue to let Reiki flow to the area and the entire situation.
I don’t think it’s too bad but bad enough to affect my walking and stair climbing motion. And I’ve got a lot of stairs!
So this had me wonder… what is this injury trying to tell me?
Am I not supposed to exercise? Of course, that’s not the right answer. Was there too much of a break between activity? Did I over do it? Well not really, but maybe a little. Actually, I wasn’t wearing shoes. That’s probably it. Shoes help to align the feet and cushion the impact. Since I don’t wear shoes in the house, I’ve been doing them barefoot without a problem. Until now. Typical life lessons here.
So that’s probably the logical thing. Wear shoes to work out! Looks like I’ve got a reason to buy a new pair of indoor shoes. (Bonus!)
But more than the logical answer, I like to delve deeper… What’s the UNIVERSE trying to tell me?
I can keep myself so busy doing many other things than taking care of my health and fitness. I can also become distracted. I may even dangle the carrot of a promised activity I enjoy. But at the end of the day, I deny myself because there just wasn’t time.
For example, I bought one of those adult coloring books with some beautiful mandalas just begging to be colored.
I’ve had it for a few weeks and haven’t even colored in it once. I ask myself now; what am I waiting for? There isn’t an optimal time that is just going to magically present itself. I have to MAKE THE TIME. I need to make joyful activities part of my daily life. If not daily, at least routinely.
We all need to have something that makes us happy and then implement it in an ordinary way. We tend to deny ourselves these simple pleasures as we wait for everything else to be checked off the to-do list.
Well, I’ve got news for you. Everything is never done. There is always something else or someone else that needs our attention. Why don’t we give ourselves that courtesy? Give ourselves our attention. What a concept, right?
I’m not talking about dedicating an entire day or afternoon of coloring or whatever brings you joy. But give yourself a slot of time once or more per week to do that thing that makes you smile and brings you leisurely joy.
I’m going to make the time to spend at least 20 minutes coloring in my new book. I haven’t colored for years! Since my daughter was little. She is now a young adult with adult coloring books of her own. Maybe we can spend some time together, zoning out in our artsy fartsy way. Hey, this a great way to do two things at once; quality time together and doing what we love (but never seem to make time for). Because if we don’t make time, it won’t happen. Again with the life lessons!
Life is just too busy if we don’t pencil our pleasure time in.
I know this blog post went off target a bit. But I hope you take away from it the curiosity to wonder what a setback (or injury) might mean in your life. And ask some questions: “What is the lesson here?” or “What brings me pleasure? And do I get to do it on a regular basis?”
Schedule in your leisure time, not just your focused tasks. It will help remind you to enjoy life, not just live it!
Do you have any life lessons insight to share? Reply in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.