So, I broke my arm a few weeks ago. OK, I know this looks like the start of a very boring article but bear with me please.
How did I break my arm? This is the hard bit to answer. During my weekly T’ai Chi class I managed to trip over … my own feet. It was a bit of a freak situation and, because of its freakishness, I didn’t put my arms out properly to break my fall.
This is the result was an awkward collision with the floor which resulted in a fracture to my radius head. This wasn’t immediately apparent as the initial pain was to my wrist and, after five minutes, I was back doing the long form. But, later that evening, the elbow’s swelling and pain increased and the following morning I could hardly move it.
I couldn’t believe it, after eventually hauling myself off to my local emergency clinic, when the doctor told me I’d broken my arm. “That’ll be six weeks,” he said.
1. It made me be grateful for my health
But I could hardly complain. There were people there who’d been in road accidents and the like. There were many in much more pain than me. Later, I suddenly started to notice people on the street on crutches. And then I started to notice people in wheelchairs.
2. It made me chill out
Before breaking my arm, I was always having a go at myself about not doing enough exercise. I always struggled to find time to go to the gym or to go jogging.
But, once I’d broken my arm, I couldn’t do much exercise so I chilled out. I stopped worrying about it and consequently felt much better. Our thoughts can harm us. Wanting a healthy lifestyle can result in constant mental carping about not eating the right food and not getting the right exercise. Sometimes it’s better to eat chocolate and be happy.
3. It gave me some free time
Not having to take exercise allowed me to do other things. The absence of my weekly T’ai Chi class meant that I could go to an English-Portuguese language meet up that I’ve always wanted to check out.
I’m still crazy about Meetups, you should try them.
4. It made me grateful for other people
I know that this sounds sad, but it’s nice to have something to talk about for a change. This sounds even worse, it’s nice to have people concerned about you.
Once word got out through my family, people started checking up on me. That was nice.
And, look at this from my Facebook page. 14 comments and, er, 3 Likes!
Most of the above was from people I’d never even met. Thank you, you are amazing people!
5. It made me rest my body
I’d been stretching my hips in tai chi a lot. And I’d noticed I’d developed a sore hip. So this six-week layoff has meant I’ve completely recovered in every other way.
6. It made me learn dictation software
And, finally, something that may have an effect on business. Dictation software has changed my life. I’ve been using the native Mac dictation app on System Preferences that comes with Mountain Lion.
It definitely helped me finish my first Kindle book. And I’m halfway through my second!
Break a leg!
So, I’m coming to the end of my six week recovery period and I can almost straighten it completely. I hope the lessons I’ve learned in this period don’t disappear along with the physical effects.