It’s been less than a week since my injury, but I’ve already had a bunch of angry moments with people, talking about what happened. They don’t know I was angry, because I try to be polite no matter what, but I sure knew. And I was furious.
These well-intentioned (I hope) folks say things like:
- You need to slow down
- You’re so accident-prone
- Your body is telling you you need to slow down
HOWEVER. I don’t care how well-meaning you are, sometimes it would serve you well to think before opening that mouth of yours and let the words start falling out.
Are you going tell a professional athlete he/she should stop when they face an injury? If I’m not mistaken, the pressure is usually to get back on the field/court/whatever as fast as possible. If someone gets in a car accident, will you tell them to stop using automobiles? When someone gets sick, is your first thought that they should wash their hands more? (If so, you might just be huge jerk.)
If I was moping around looking for sympathy, that would be one thing. But I’m not. I’m trying to live my life normally despite not being able to fully bend or straighten one leg (it’s harder and slower than you’d think). I’m not asking for your opinion or your preaching on how I should or shouldn’t be active.
Here’s a couple of facts for you:
- As of a couple years ago, only 15 per cent of adults were hitting the minimum daily recommended exercise – and are sedentary most of the time they’re awake. (Read more here.)
- Inactivity is not just a harmless choice. “Inactive Canadians face an increased risk of obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other serious diseases.” (Read more here.)
- “Adults aged 18-64 should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more.” (More of that here.)
And while I know I’m not a professional athlete, I am an athlete, and many professionals have suffered serious injuries and made their way back to their sport.
So, just a thought: before you decide to tell someone what they should or shouldn’t do, maybe just pause for a second. And then don’t tell them. As for me, I’ll be resting up for the next three weeks at least. And then I’m going to start my sports again, because I love being active – and apparently it’s pretty good for you.