My Gimpy Life: Counting The Days
I am starting my 3rd week of recovery from my foot boo-boo and I can’t believe how much my mindset has changed in 15 days. Wow, 15 days, really? It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long, but yet at times it seems like so much longer. Most of the time I have been counting in weeks. 2 weeks down. 2 more weeks until I can maybe get this boot off. 3-5 weeks until I can run again. 6-8 weeks to heal from a break. 10 weeks until Grandma’s 1/2 marathon. But then I started counting the days….14 more days until I see the doc and hopefully get weaned off of this boot, 21-35 more days until I can run, 42-56 days to heal. It sounds so far away when you put it in days. I found myself saying things like:
“I can’t wait until May.”
“I just wish April was over.”
“I need this week to fly by.”
Then one day last week I was scrolling on Instagram and this popped up on my phone
I stopped and thought about what I was reading. I was counting the days until I could see the doc, until I could walk without the boot, until I could run again. I was living in the mindset of “how many days until….”. And why? What about the days in between the “until”? Yes, I am excited for the day to come when I can run again, but the days until that are still opportunities for amazing things to happen. Why am I looking forward so much that I am missing the present? It’s true when they say that a picture is worth 1,000 words, because that little image on my phone spoke volumes to me.
Last week I really started to live in the mindset of “making the days count”. I stepped out of my little box and did things that I didn’t have time to do before (stay tuned for my next blog about all of my free time that I now have because I am cutting back on exercise). Coffee and shopping with friends, putting more energy into growing my business, getting certified in sports nutrition, gearing up for turkey hunting – all of the things that will happen “until”. Regardless of how many days I have until I am back to 100%, they will pass. And one day very soon, those days will be a part of my past. And I definitely want to be able to look back and say “remember when I broke my foot and I did this, this and that” not “remember when I broke my foot” and that is where the story ends.