Thank Goodness I Hurt my Ankle

2012-08-31

I find many things in life that seemed to be terrible at the time turn out to be very positive events.

A little more than a month ago I was walking in the park and stepped in a hole hidden by the grass. I re-injured an old ankle injury I got more than 10 years ago. My number one concern was that I wouldn't be able to go to the gym and get on the treadmill, which has been my main source of exercise in life, for a long time.

For about a week I couldn't walk without great difficulty so the gym was out of the question, but eventually I got myself to the gym. I knew I couldn't do the treadmill or the stair master. I spent some extra time looking around the gym for exercises I could do with a sprained ankle and I found the kettle bells. I had heard a lot about these recently and decided to give them a try. After just 20 kettle bell swings with a 35 pound kettle bell I could hardly catch my breath.

Now my whole workout is different than it used to be, doing mostly body weight exercises like push ups, pull ups, dips. This new routine is fun and very effective. I had been doing variations on the same old routine since I first started working out and now I feel excited to go to the gym again.

Looking back in life, when I think about it, almost everything that has happened to me that seemed terrible at the time has had consequences that were very beneficial. Even losing my job led to me meeting my wife.

This week my hosting company stopped support for an old version of PHP which broke almost everything I had written. On top of many other stuff happening in my life I felt like this was more than I could bare at one time as I had to fix a lot of code. Just stopping and thinking about other things that seemed bad at time made me realize I shouldn't be so upset, that something positive will likely come of this.

Much of what needs to be fixed is fixed now, and now I am more up to date on my programming knowledge for it, and after going through all the sites I feel inspired to work on some projects that I had on the back burner for a long time.

Just though I'd write this blog in case anyone had the same feeling that everything is falling apart. Remember, this might be an opportunity to rebuild everything stronger that it was before.