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I Stumbled to the Ground

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By Charlene EllisonPublished 6 years ago 3 min read

There is a saying that life can knock you down, but I literally stumbled to the ground. It resulted in an ankle injury, plenty of me time to think about it, and cost so much more than money. I was emotionally and mentally affected thinking that maybe I am not good enough due to my injuries. I was full of doubt of what I could do and stayed in my comfort zone. It was a wakeup call when I saw a woman in her 60s using a cane and she looked at me and said, “You’re so young to have a cane!” That was basically motivation to make a choice to stay down or get back up. I had to stop walking with my head down and take the necessary steps to correct my injury.

My inner voice is what kept me facing challenges along my way and instilling strength to not quit. Inspiration comes from other people's life experiences and from within. Life is full of up's and down's, but there is another day to make a change. Rome was not built in a day. When you allow weakness to dictate the outcome (meaning not in strength, but the mind) then you will give in the will to fight. I choose to turn a tragic event into a platform so that individuals can fall or even fail, but never give up! The choice is always mine yet what I do is what will determine progress. I am now on my second surgery so that I can walk normally without a cane and relieve the pain in my foot. It was the time when I went through the surgeries that I was not thinking of all that went wrong, but what I can do now to improve my walk. For example, I need to eat healthy, follow doctor's orders, and be active. The second time around I knew what to expect so now I think of goals or obstacles that I must overcome. The experiences that I went through made me better, not bitter. Patience is what I feel more towards people, understanding of how pain affects everyone differently, and determination of a positive outcome.

We all stumble on this path that we call life, but we can choose not to be a victim and a direction of fulfillment. I thought to myself that it could be a lot worse and I can change, yet it will take time. Many people expressed to me how can I see positivity in what I experienced and be happy. During the time that I was unable to work was a time when meditation came in handy to free negative thoughts. It may not always be clear, but every obstacle in our way, we find will power to get through the rough days. The wheelchair and the crutches became my best friend. I begin to think of all the things in life that may be taken for granted such as walking, bathing or energy. My path does not have to be alone but I acknowledge when I need help. I found laughter through the tears and hope to overcome my fears. My testimony can be the motivation that others may need when they think that it can not get better. No one goes through life without challenges and some people need to be inspired. It does not make me weak or not qualified, but it simply suggests that I am a work in process. So, when I am faced with a difficult challenge, I thought of the older woman I spoke to and it gives me the strength to be better than I was the other day.


About the Creator

Charlene Ellison

I am a graduate student in general psychology. I love to express emotions through creative writing leaving individual's with a positive thought out of a bad situation!

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