It’s okay to be injured. Really.

Just don’t freak out because that’s what makes an injury so much worse. Akin to a popular saying somewhere in the west — “the snake bite doesn’t kill you, it’s the venom.”

I’ve had my share of getting injured, rehabbing, combating muscle soreness and everything in between over the past one year or so. It seems injuries have finally figured out a way to get me. And while they have been pretty successful lately, I know they can’t win forever as their days are numbered. All I need is a little bit of patience, courage and determination.

Or I could just listen to my family, friends and relatives who think I’m being a little to active for a person of my age. They could be right but what they probably don’t know is I don’t pick up a sport (or two, in my case) if I don’t intend to play it for the rest of my life.

It’s hard to explain the “why” behind it. Just like it’s hard to explain anything or anyone that’s dear to your life. Sports injuries are like setbacks, they’re part and parcel of this game called life. And no matter how careful we are, they’re just waiting to happen. The best you can do is train yourself to stay ready, just in case. So that you are mentally ready when it does get to you.

The worst that you can do to yourself is to whine and complain about your miserable life or the pathetic luck you’ve had ever since… fill in the blank(s) yourself. Doing that doesn’t do any good but validate the bogus theories everyone around you has come up. And honestly, they don’t know a flip about anything!

Suck it up. You’re not a special snowflake to be spared from the misery. It’s just a phase and like all of them, this too shall pass, just stay positive. Use this downtime to focus on the areas that you haven’t paid attention to (for me it’s forearm extensors, mobility, and ensuring that I always wear a headgear during hard rolls) so that you can bounce back stronger.

It’s amazing what these time-offs can do to your overall health and wellness. You’ll be much more appreciative when you’re back in the game.

P.S. I highly recommend that you read Stuart McGill and Brian Carroll’s fantastic book, “The Gift of Injury.” It’s a perspective but a powerful one.

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