Sometimes we have a plan in mind, but life has a different path for us to follow. This truth was vividly illustrated through my recent experience.
I have a party trick I have done for years: the splits. This tendency stems from a childhood memory: I was six, and my then ballet teacher politely suggested I do Scottish dancing instead of ballet (I was not even dainty as a child).
So, at 46, I still do the splits … perhaps hoping that things have changed!
At this year’s company Christmas party, themed ‘Broadway’, two colleagues and I chose Mama Miaand performed Abba’s Dancing Queen. Naturally, as a dancing queen par excellence, I did the splits and as I went down I realised something was badly amiss. Nevertheless, my Ego drove me to tell nobody and try to walk, but I passed out numerous times from the pain.
Later diagnosis and an MRI revealed that I had not just pulled my hamstring, but had torn all three parts of the hamstring clean off the bone – a very rare thing even for top athletes. My motto has always been to do things properly, but this was extreme … an operation was the only option.
Oh, how things changed for my family. Instead of a cruise in Hawaii, I underwent surgery on December (my daughter Gabi’s 9th birthday). Recovery involves many weeks of physio, but first six weeks of lying – no sitting! This is torture for an energy bunny like me. I am only two weeks into recovery, and there are a few things I know for sure:
I encourage you to take the Balance test if you have not done so recently. It will be a useful exercise to help you set goals for 2015 in line with what you value.
May we all have a healthy 2015 with bodies that take us into a new year … and may your year be filled with positive lessons and time with those you love.