When slowing down can feel like torture but it’s good for you, damn it! Recently I have been in a situation that has forced me to literally slow down. Foot surgery. What a drag. When you are constantly going, going, going and suddenly you have to literally stop everything, the feeling can be very consuming. It has offered me some time to awkwardly reflect on this notion of constantly running. As women, we do a lot; we are constantly running. Running to work, running a home, running the kids to here or there, running our families around, running around with friends who need us or just plain running around. I got tired writing that sentence. Being forced to sit due to a surgery or injury can be very frustrating because you start thinking about the running you should be doing. However, prior to getting hurt or surgery or whatever, you can do all this amazing planning; since I’m going to be sitting for awhile, I’ll read, or write or, go stir crazy because I can’t get up and pick up all the stuff on the floor that I’ve been staring at since the kids got home. Well, this indeed has been an interesting space for me to be in personally. I am one of those individuals who can’t sit still for long, so this whole experience has been a doozy. I also understand that pushing it could set me back even worse, so what’s the happy medium? Here is what I’ve learned in my brief time of stillness (albeit forced stillness, lol);
- Don’t be a jerk: Yup, you can re-read that, I’ll wait. The situation is hard on everyone involved and changes up the entire household. You are entitled to feel shitty about what’s going on, but try to remember this too shall pass. The people who love and support you are there to help you, so don’t be jerk.
- Change it up: If you can and are able, try to move your surroundings. Staying in the same room for me can be a bit confining, but I didn’t really have a choice so I would make sure I opened up the blinds and had a nice view of outside, sat on a different side of the bed or in a chair (this sounds weird but it’s the little things).
- Surrender to the process: Stop resisting what is happening, because you don’t want to end up in a worse situation then when you started. I attempted to try to walk on my foot early and man was that a mistake! Listen to your body and those around you and trust that you need time, take it, especially if you are able. Healing takes time. (love and tenderness, LOL)!
- Let it be: Can’t get any better than this sage advice; let it be. All will be well in the end, maybe not the way we envision it to be, but it just always ends up that way. Once you can get your mind game straight, the body will follow.
I have been blessed during this time with tremendous support from my amazing partner in life, the hubbs, and some pretty amazing friends and family who have been checking on me. My heart is overwhelmed to have this continued support and love. It makes me pause and reflect, because not all of us have this in our lives and that is the reality for a lot of people; I recognize my privilege here.
I can’t imagine not having the support I needed, even for this minor surgery, to get the kids to school, to help with the day-to-day things of a household and the work support, these things make me pause and feel gratitude for all the people in my life. No matter how small the task, they have made an impact to support me during this time. And if slowing down has taught me anything, it has taught me an abundance of gratitude.
Thanks for reading…Kenna
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