Monday, December 5, 2016 at 10:00:00 am Comments (0)
Day after day I come into the rehab gym and watch from behind my office window as therapists are working with people of all levels of ailments and difficulties, both physical and social. Some are very motivated, wanting to increase the weight in their exercise or add another 10 repetitions. They will hop on one foot with a walker if they are not allowed to bear weight on the other, refusing to stay sedentary. Others eschew the notion of physical activity and ask “What’s the point of therapy? This is ridiculous! I’m 87 years old, I don’t need to lift weights!”.
The fact is, they are both right.
It’s all a matter of perspective. How you feel about your life is a direct reflection of how you feel about yourself, and ultimately how motivated you are to keep going. It isn’t an age thing, either; there is many a day when I want to pull the covers over my head, throw the alarm clock out the window and burn my laptop (by the way if you are considering this be forewarned, they do not light up easily). So what is it then? Why do some always see the green grass and others only see the septic tank below? The answer is simple: we all need that little something to live for. It’s different for everyone. For some it’s a hobby, a physical activity, a job, or a cause. For others it’s a loved one, a pet, or a weekly breakfast outing with the girls from the coffee clutch. The reasons may differ, but the result is the same; it is proven that people who have an inspiration in life, a passion, a fervor for something, are more likely to recover from illness or injury, live longer, have less stress and just be happier.
So where do you find this? How do we know what fuels us, what drives us, what interests us, when life can seem so boring and routine, so depressing and so un-fulfilling? You have to find that place inside you that takes you back in time to a day when you laughed more than you cried, you leapt more than you looked, and nothing seemed impossible. I call this finding your “much-ness” (okay, I stole that from Alice in Wonderland). Put on your favorite music, pull out your favorite photos, reminisce about your favorite pastimes that always made you belly laugh and ask yourself what was the origin of those feelings? When you find your passion, you will find your purpose.
This isn’t easy folks. As with most things, asking for support is always an excellent idea. Reach out to a friend or family member who knew you “back when” and ask them what it was that drove you. Ask them to describe you in 3 adjectives. And finally, ask them what they thought you were going to be “when you grew up”. When you start to see a pattern in what people are saying, chances are you have found your niche. And of course if it is a physical goal you desire to achieve or get back to, we would love to hear from you at Balance Rehabilitation (shameless plug). You do not need to have an ailment in order for us to help you get back to doing something you love. Or if you just want someone to talk to, we love that too!
So go out and find your “much-ness”. It’s there, you just need to know where to look. We love you. We are here for you. And most importantly we want you to LIVE life, not just get by. We are here to help.