Over my birthday this year, we spent some time again this year in Mont Tremblant with the family. My birthday present from my husband was tickets to go zip-lining over the lush mountain ranges with my nine-year-old daughter (my eldest wasn’t interested in joining us). It was an amazing adventure and although my leg presented me with some challenges going both up and down the hill, I’m glad I went (and kudos to the staff—they were very patient despite the fact that I was very slow).
Ziplining Mont-TremblantI finally got my stuff together and edited the ziplining video from our time Ziptrek Écotours Mont-Tremblant in Quebec, Canada. Attached is an amalgam of my daughter’s zipline tour.
There were five lines. The first and last she went on her own (with me on the adjoining line). The second through fourth she went with one of the fabulous tour guides (she was underweight…so she had to go accompanied to make sure she made it to the other end). And for the very last one, she inverted and went feet up the entire way.
Posted by Live By Surprise on Tuesday, 9 August 2016
More and more, Hubs and I have been having discussions about the “challenges” that my leg continues to present. It’s not that I can’t do things. It’s more that they sometimes take a very long time to do, and when I’m done, I’m done. My pain levels have been manageable for the most part—but when I overexert myself, I pay a price. I’m even to the point where I can tell you almost exactly how many steps it will take for me to be “done”. (It’s around 7,500 if you’re interested).
In our last discussion, Hubs suggested that perhaps I should reconsider doing the things that leave me “done”. I know he means well. I know he worries about the price I pay for those over-exertions. I know that sometimes I can get a little snappy when I’m in pain.
But at the same time, I don’t want pain to rule my life until it actually rules my life. For now, I don’t want to make decisions based on whether or not I’m going to feel it in the morning. Because if I do, I won’t have the opportunities I have had. I never would have zip-lined if I’d thought about pain the next day. If I hadn’t jumped in with both feet, I wouldn’t have the amazing memory, something that both my daughter and myself will treasure.
The truth is, there are some things I just can’t do any more. I wasn’t able to teach my elder two to ride a bike, and it’s quite likely I won’t be able to move fast enough to teach my youngest either. I was able to pick up and carry my eldest before the accident. If I’d known that I wouldn’t be able to do it again, I would have treasured so much that last time I carried him to bed. As it is, I have no memory of it. But now each time I carry my two youngest, I wonder if it’s the last time, and I treasure it as if it is.
The accident brought pain. It did. It’s my constant companion now.
But it also brought with it an awareness that I didn’t have before. It cast a new light on things that I might not have even seen before. A need to treasure every moment. To try to experience all the things. At least one time. To open myself to experiences that I might not have considered before. Because who knows how much time any of us has left.
If you have the chance—pop over and check out my article about our trip to Mont Tremblant on UrbanMommies.
And my friend Christine Carter has just released her new book, Help and Hope When You’re Healing—her inspirational words talk about adapting to yourself after injury. If you or someone you know is dealing with this type of situation, I’d encourage you to check it out.
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