If you know me or you have followed my blog, you might guess that falling off a cliff and crushing three vertebrae in my upper back at age nineteen was a Game-Changer. The thing is, most people think that I changed immediately. The truth is, I’m still changing and the next several blogs will be examples of the alterations I decided to undergo.
At the tender age of nineteen, I had few life skills that evoked change. Quite honestly, the first six months were dedicated to reclaiming my body. Even after that time, it wasn’t the body I lived in prior to the 40-foot fall. The game changed the minute I lost my footing, slid down the rock, did a flip, and landed on a boulder. From that moment on, everything in my life changed. In that split second, I would have done anything to get my life back, the life I felt was haunted. Without the superpowers to turn back time, I had to move forward and find a way to play a new game, the recovery game.
Recovery is a strange word. It sounds like you can go back, gather things up and move on. With paralysis, that was no simple task. Once I recovered my ability to physically function, I was dismissed by the medical establishment as “healed.” Nothing was further from my truth. Countless steps were needed to adjust, cope, and learn new ways of being in the world. Boy did that make me mad! Fortunately, I had plenty of anger in storage and I used it as fuel to charge ahead.
To me, a game-changer is something that makes you look at your life, your very existence, and make the choice to stay; to face the challenges staring back at you or taking over your life. Everything in my life was affected. It was one of the hardest things I had to do, but I decided to stay. The questions that propelled me: What does life mean to me? How can I go on? Am I willing to move forward?
Game-changers are challenges to meet head-on. Once I made it through my personal storm I realized how much I gained. Falling off a cliff was easy. Recovering from the impact was a real game-changer. Be well… Nancy T
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