Storytime: Overcoming Fear

8/18/2016 8:39 PM

My family and I have a tradition of running early Thanksgiving morning before our big feast. This is so that we don’t feel guilty about what we are eating either…

Anyways, it was a beautiful Thanksgiving morning, and we went to this park that had a lot of hills. But, there was one hill in particular that was VERY challenging to run either up or down. This particular run though, I felt very strong and was actually running down the hill extremely fast!

However, little did I know I was going to pay for it later on…

After getting blood tests, x-rays, and an MRI, the doctors could still not figure out the cause of the pain I was feeling in my leg. However, going through physical therapy, my therapist said I had something called piriformis syndrome. In a nutshell, I had somehow rotated my pelvis running down that hill, where I was overstretching my legs.

Eventually, I felt better, but I was afraid to run at that park again. Then one day, I decided to be brave and do it. It felt both good and happy to be back, and by the time I approached that hill again, I did feel that pang of fear in me. However, I learned from the last time to not stretch my legs out too far, so I approached the hill differently. When I got to the end of the course, I burst into tears of joy, because I had overcome my fear.

The moral of the story is: the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. The only way to get stronger is to overcome challenges. Sure, I could have quit when I had my injury, but I didn’t. If I did, heck, I would not be running on a cross country team right now! Never let fear stop you from doing something you love. Never be afraid to make mistakes: it’s the only way you’ll learn.

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John Doe

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