“You’re going into surgery right now. Put your things in this plastic bag.”
And she walked off.
I was still numb from the shock.
I hardly ever got sick, and had never had surgery.
This was not the way my Christmas vacation was supposed to begin…
Yesterday I was at Disneyland!
No Time To Lose
I called my dad and told him I was going in for surgery, right that instant. I told him I was fine and would be ok, but He wasn’t buying it.
He was on the next plane out so he would be there as soon as I was sent home.
They took me upstairs and injected some anesthetic.
For about 10 seconds, I felt extremely calm…then I passed out.
When I awoke, I was groggy, and confused before I remembered where I was.
Oh, right: I’d been sliced open, my appendix was gone and my clothes were somewhere in a plastic bag.
The Surgery is a Success
They told me the surgery went smoothly, and that it was a good thing I had come in when I did – any longer and it may have ended my life.
Then … the bad news.
- Only liquids for a week
- No strenuous physical activities for at least a month
I mentioned to my surgeon I was in the middle of an important workout routine, involving lifting heavy weights.
He was unsympathetic: “Not anymore.”
I used to think the hardest part of weight training was the grueling workouts…but I was wrong.
The hardest part about weight training is wishing you could lift weights but not being able to.
Lifting weights, yoga and running are a big part of my life – but I never realized how much they meant to me until they were gone.
Once I lost them though, every day I felt a feeling of anxiousness to get back in the gym.
I thought of all the times I had complained about going – and how often I had skipped a workout.
I wished I could have had all those days back.
My First Day Back
I entered with a promise to myself to be excellent.
And I was.
I tackled my workouts with more motivation than ever before.
I ate perfectly.
I slept perfectly
I never missed a workout
I was incredibly strict – and it was the happiest I have ever been weight training.
I looked forward to it every day – I was thankful just to be back in the gym.
I made more progress working out in those six months than in the three years prior.
Stop Taking Things For Granted
My biggest lesson from that was experience was this:
Taking things for granted has stopped me from achieving my goals more than the breaks that never came.
All those years I could have worked out, I could have had laser focus – but I didn’t. I procrastinated,
I wasted time and then only when I lost what I had taken for granted the whole time did I wake up and get serious.
I didn’t need a big break – I just needed to take the chance I already had right in front of me.
Take today’s lesson as a starting point – and stop taking something for granted in your life today.
Take advantage of the moments and opportunities in your life right now.
Remember – YOU Are The “Something” You’ve Been Waiting For. You don’t have to wait anymore.
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