To Be Hurt Is Human
So, I just got back from this amazing workout and I want to try and capture how I’m feeling at the moment.
Three weeks ago I hurt myself trying to do all these new workout moves and just trying to up my game as an athlete (so funny that I’m calling myself an “athlete).
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I’ve been working-out since I was about 4 years old and working-out for me is like brushing my teeth — but I would never actually call myself an “athlete” except that I’m still exhausted at the moment.
Anyways, I was trying to up my game – and I hurt myself.
Instead of acknowledging that I was hurt, I just tried to push on through because I thought I was being weak, I thought I was finding an excuse and I thought it wasn’t trying hard enough.
It got so bad – I hurt my lower back – that I couldn’t even sleep. And so it started that Round-Robin thing – where you can’t sleep, so your body can’t heal itself, and you’re still in pain and you can’t sleep…
I mean it just kept going on and on and finally I had to call my doctor.
I hate doctors.
Actually, I don’t “hate” doctors but you know what I mean. I had to call and we had a conversation about what I had to do and basically he said, “You need to stop doing any physical activity whatsoever. I just want you to try to walk around the block if you can do that but no more working-out. You need to let your body heal.”
And I didn’t really answer him back at first because I was kind of stunned. And then he said, “Did you hear me? I said you have to let your body heal!” And he said it in kind of a “fatherly” way even though he’s younger than I am – but it’s been stuck in my head. Basically, my doctor had just yelled at me about not listening to my body.
So, I did what he told me to do. I did the icing, the Advil and I did very little “physicality” at all (my God I’m so tired I just had a crazy workout by the way).
But this isn’t about working-out. That’s not why I’m doing this video.
The reason why I’m doing this video is because I want to share this moment I had after leaving my trainer today and while I was in the car…
I think I don’t listen to myself when I’m in pain emotionally or mentally. I have a feeling a lot of us do that. Instead of listening to ourselves and acknowledging that somebody hurt us, or that work was painful today, or that something didn’t workout. I think a lot of us do what I do — which is just push it aside or ignore it – and just plowing on through anyway. It’s so much easier to push things aside than it is to deal with them.
And what I realized with the whole “back” [pain] thing is this: that when I can acknowledge that I’m in pain, when I can realize that it has nothing to do with weakness and it has nothing to do with not being a “strong” person, but has everything to do with actually being human – that YOU can get hurt sometimes. When you can acknowledge that you’re hurt, then you can go about finding the remedies: to heal thyself, to help thyself, to feel better.
It’s just something that I realized driving back. That I want to take away from the whole experience from the past 3 to 4 weeks of being in such pain and not being able to work-out.
I just wanted to share that with all of you.
Thank you again for stopping by. I appreciate it so much.
Have a sweet day and I’ll be back again soon for sure!