Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Secret annoyances

For those of you who care, and those of you who don't, here's something that secretly annoys me anyways:

It really peeves me when a few of my friends say "Are you sure you want to go skiing or boarding again? I mean you did hurt your knee. Maybe you should stop."

It's sweet of them to want me to be safe, etc. but I really don't like it when people tell me I should stop doing something I love just because I had an accident... or two.

I tore my ACL about 3 years ago now, fixed it all up and was back on the slopes 5 months later. I went through all my PT and worked really hard to get my knee back into shape. I didn't do that just to play with it in a bubble house. Sure, I did slam my 'good knee' into a rail a few weeks ago, but whatevs.

I'm accident prone, I get it, but that doesn't mean I should stop doing something I love because I may get injured here and there. That's why I got better health insurance! haha. I don't know, it just bugs me when someone tells me I should stop doing something I have fun doing because of an injury. I guess I'm just not someone who lets that slow them down. When I hit that rail I probably boarded a good three hours more before we called it a day. I'm tough, and I can handle it. Plus, I got to get an icepack from that really hot ski patroller. She was sweet and put a bandaid on my knee haha.

Most of my friends appreciate the fact that I don't let falling on my face multiple times, or having a bad injury get me down. Because I don't like to give in. I love it, accidents happen, I move on! And they should too. The concern is sweet, but borders on annoying when they repeatedly bring up old injuries to try and get me to stop.

In other news, I went boarding... again. This time I was a lot more daring. A bit silly yes, since I had just readjusted my bindings to give me better control (after getting used to it of course), but I went for it anyways. I finally got the courage to do the jumps that are taller than me. Not the 16 footer holy crap I might die if I try that jumps, just the 6 to 8 footers. I am so proud of myself! I think of all the high jumps I did, (about 12) I landed all but two.

What I've learned from all this is not to let fear hold me back. Sure it can be scary the first few times when I'm unsure of how to stick the landings, but as long as I don't let it get to me I do really well. I like challenging myself, otherwise I get bored fast. It was kind of funny, approaching those jumps and thinking "Holy crap, that's taller than me, I can't even see over it!!!" But I pushed those aside and concentrated on my take-off and landing. It seriously makes me really happy when I can challenge myself like that and do it well.

So what if I'm a bit accident prone? I trip walking on flat ground. May as well have accidents doing something fun ;)

1 comment:

ohitislove said...

well, let the haters hate. even if they are your friends.

live! enjoy being young! :-)

go ahead, scrape those knees!