Sometimes we get so caught up in sharing the good moments of our lives, that the daily struggles and uphill battles get ignored. No one has the perfect life, despite what their Instagram account looks like. The highlight reel shows only what people want you to see, the best, the highs and the success, but I think we can appreciate the journey, the struggle, the quest that leads to success. I want to share with you the struggle I’m currently going through. It might seem minor to some, but it is a struggle for me nonetheless. In May 2015 I started having hip/lower back pain. I assumed it was from standing all day during my shift at the store, sitting too long in those horrid chairs while mom received her chemo or from running too much (is there such a thing?). I figured a chiropractic adjustment and some stretching would set me to rights again.
Around New Years 2016 I had an episode where I couldn’t walk unaided for two days. I hobbled around the house, leaning on the walls or my extra tall foam roller as my crutch. I made up my mind something more was going on. A set of x-rays and a doctor’s visit confirmed that I wasn’t going crazy. They suspected a labral tear in the hip joint. Just keep doing what you’re doing, you can’t hurt it more and yes, you can still ride were the answers to some of my questions. Nothing to do but wait for an MRI.
I’ve had good days, bad days and moments in between. I ride lots in my treeless saddle because I don’t hurt as much after my ride than if i rode in anything else. For a month I even returned to running, the cortisone shot had me feeling like superman until it wore off some weeks later.
The point of this post is this, just because you don’t see pictures and posts of a person’s struggles, doesn’t mean they aren’t. No one has the perfect life, we all have trials. We have good days, we have bad days. Let’s be kind to one another. Build each other up, instead of tear one another down.
Also, don’t be afraid to share some of your struggles and the rough patches of your journey. It’s ok to be fallible, imperfect and human on our social media accounts. Maybe, someone will read about how you overcame (name a problem) benefit from your story.
What is something you struggle with right now?