A lot of change has occurred in my life in the last four years. Namely, I started listening to my own dreams and desires. This new path took me through numerous adventures; some based in personal growth; some were more physical; all were amazing in their own right. Everything that we experience shape us. Sometimes the moulding is gradual and gentle, other times we are beat into submission. Part of this new path led me to becoming a ACMG hiking guide. Realizing I am not meant to be inside, this upcoming summer I strived to share my excitement for wild places.
One single day in the mountains changed those plans.
Flexible - capable of bending or being bent; willing to change or to try different things; easily changed : able to change or to do different things
My calendar was suddenly blown wide open, plans canceled, and trips refunded...I was injured. I tore my ACL....I have to go for surgery....AGAIN...
In the past, I would have been distraught, unable to cope with the change in my physical ability. Instead, I surprised myself. My apartment was rearranged three times, money refunded from trips was invested into a swimming club, bike trips were planned, and dinner parties were thrown. I became flexible. Unable to meet the goal I originally set I devoted my energy to new tasks I knew I could complete. Unable to run, I continued to instruct my learn to run group, and even rode my bike along side them during the 5km race (shhh....don't tell the race officials). Once I regained strength in my leg, my brace was slapped on and gentle rolling terrain in jumpingpound was explored. My activities were scaled back, no more ice climbing, but my spirit soared as I focused on what I could still accomplish.
If you see someone hiking along with crutches in April...it will probably be me :)