Is there a bright side to injuries?

In a blink of an eye, that something you’re used to do every day is gone. Being able to walk is a privilege – a privilege that is always taken for granted by those who can. Now, this idea has never been so true – appreciating something is difficult to achieve if we’ve never been in a situation where that something no longer exists. Last week, I sprained my left ankle and got my ligament torn. A week after, I wrote this post and thought about the question – is there a bright side to injuries?

I can still remember that sudden rush of pain going from the left ankle up to my spine which left me shivering in pain. The pain was so localized that I just want to embrace myself and lie there on the same ground where I fell. I didn’t want to get up anymore. I was given a first-aid treatment and was rushed to the emergency room. This incident also taught me I should learn how to conduct first-aid treatment, so I know better what to do the next time similar things will happen. The ankle was so swollen and tender. Over the days, bruising and tenderness around the ankle developed. I couldn’t walk.

I am not an athlete. In fact, I am from one. But, I aspire to become one – to run a full marathon. Suddenly, I could no longer join fun runs and practice for this goal. However, depending on how strongly you regard you as an athlete, the psychological impact brought by an injury can be significant.

Is there a bright side to injuries?

First, you may lose your identity…

I come to think about those athletes who injured themselves, and imagine how overwhelming it is that the injury might change their identity. You can no longer run nor perform. In a sudden, your place is either on the sides, or worse, on the bed. You question yourself, “What am I going to do now?”

Second, you may lose self-esteem…

If you get a major part of confidence from the thing you do every day, what happens if it is gone? Walking with crutches in a public place, and all eyes are on you. You feel like you want to get better faster and do what you should be doing, that you can no longer do.

Deal with what is.

Past is past, they say. Sometimes, we think too much about “what could have been” and the “what-ifs” that we are losing so much time and energy – taking the time away from moving on and recovering. Yes, it’s a great stone thrown at the road reaching your dreams. Unfortunately, it is the now. It is the reality and the first thing we must do is to accept it.

Be patient.

Perhaps, the injury teaches you patience. Allow yourself to heal properly and give yourself enough time. I find myself most of the time anxious about getting back to the track, and start training again. However, just like everything else, the healing process can’t be rushed. Go slow because no matter how slow you are, what’s important is you’ll get there.

Look at the bright side.

What I learned from my own experience is that there can also be a bright side to injuries – that if you make the most out of your recovery process, you may come out stronger — both emotionally and physically — on the other side.

If you are also injured, you might as well check out this site for things you can do. No injury should stop you from doing something. https://experiencelife.com/article/facing-down-an-injury/

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I’ve been dealing with the same injury you have for over 2 months now. But I got mine an avulsion fracture on the base of my fifth metatarsal in addition to my twisted ankle. Depression quickly sank in when I knew I couldn’t do running or hiking for 6 months to 1 year. Though I’m also thankful that I just got a minor injury. On the brighter side, I think He allowed it to happen so I may be able to focus or discover other things. Your foot may need ample time to fully recover. So trust the process. Relax.… Read more »

Christine Weis
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Injuries can be frustrating. It almost seems like it is the universe’s way of saying, “Let me slow you down.” I think any downtime is an opportunity to reflect. Life sure does throw us a lot of curve balls. Thank goodness that most injuries heal and we can move on doing what we love. I hope your injury heals quickly so you can get back at it.

Stephen
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Love this post, such an uplifting take on something that might have been seen as a dark time

Kristine Nicole Alessandra
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Kristine Nicole Alessandra

This article made me remember the time I broke my forearm due to a skateboard accident. 6 weeks in a cast did not hinder me from doing what I love. A few days rest and I was back up on my skateboard again. There were just some things that made life difficult when you have your arm in a cast (like taking a shower) but eventually it became like a normal part of life.

the joyous living
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i have been disabled for the last 5 1/2 years not due to a specific injury but a few illnesses. i love your positivity and helpful suggestions. stay strong!

khoingn
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Very positive! Honestly I’m getting a big problem and your post kinda support me a little bit. Anw, it’s still better than nothing. Thank you!

emman damian
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I had a fair share of injuries in tennis. It loses your confidence but it’s fulfilling to fight for your recovery. It takes mental strength and support from your family and friends.

Melanie Frost
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It’s so true and something that we don’t really think about until it happens to us. For many, an injury is only temporary, but for some others, it’s completely life changing.

Kuntala Bhattacharya
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Kuntala Bhattacharya

I liked the positivity dwelling inside you. You will succeed in every sphere of your life. If the injury can make you strong then you possess a good attitude.

Dominique Walton Brooks
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This is a very encouraging post! I had minor injuries as a dancer so I generally danced through it. My son spent last year injured and he wasn’t as positive as he could be. I will show this post to him. Thanks!

katrina Kroeplin
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katrina Kroeplin

i’m disabled, but from that i found the love of cooking. i mean ya for good food but i’d rather find the joy of cooking and not be a cripple lol.

Lily
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Lily

I can see the bright side of an injury. It forces you to rest and recooperate to heal so if anything you get a break!

Rosey
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Rosey

There does always seem to be a silver lining. I am sorry though that you got hurt.

Cha of littlemisadvencha is a Filipino Civil Engineer, researcher and a fur mom. She came from General Santos City and finds that everything in life teaches her a lesson. She is inspired to write about and out of her experiences, but later found out that it was her experiences that actually inspire her.

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