As the days, weeks and months all slowly slipped by, my rehabilitation continued to become more intense as did all my exercise sessions.
With each passing week, I found I was able to move a little easier and my days weren’t filled with pain and my body was recovering. Slowly, but nonetheless recovering.
So as I continued my journey to full recovery, I continued to look for the light at the end of the tunnel. But no matter how much I think I had progressed, the tiny pin prick of a light never seemed to get any bigger.
It was then I was told I should look back through the weeks and months and see how far I had really progressed.
So as I looked back over my shoulder, I could see a tiny light, way back in the distance. It was where my rehabilitation journey had begun. It was just as far as the light in front of me, where I was heading.
The hardest part of any journey is the middle part. You are far enough from your starting point, and just as far from your destination. Frustrating, but you know you are heading in the right direction.
It’s times like these where you need to be a ‘bit of a mongrel’ and attack the last part of the journey with guts and determination. It’s going to be the only way to make it through the tunnel and out to the other side.
I know the my own journey still has a long way to go, but I do know what awaits me when I eventually arrive at my destination.
We all need to set our sights on that pin prick of a light at the end of the tunnel. And we can do that with the help and support from the people around us, who want us to get out of the dark tunnel.
Some things slip through our fingers when we least expect them. It’s after the event we realise how much of a missed opportunity it really was.
We can’t go back and relive what we missed out on, but we can make amends by having another go at the opportunity which slid past us at a rapid rate of knots.
Some of the missed opportunities we can only blame ourselves for, while others are taken away, leaving us with a longing for what we missed.
This was the case earlier this year for me, a trip to Europe, starting in France and then through to Italy to visit family. But, due to a negligent driver, my trip was cancelled due to injuries incurred, and so were my dreams of sipping coffee and eating freshly made croissants in the very heart of Paris.
Just because I missed out on this opportunity, it doesn’t mean it won’t happen in the future. All that’s needed is some spare time and holiday planning.
So when an opportunity is missed, it’s not the end of the world. Get up and have another shot at it. We only live once and deserve to be happy, and to make the most of every moment.
Don’t wait, enjoy life, it may be taken away in the blink of an eye.
When I was young and wild, at least I thought I was a wild child, I would be out every Friday and Saturday night, but unlike the youth of today, I would end up back at my parent’s house, and in my own bed, and well and truly before dawn.
There are a few reasons for my actions, one was that pubs and clubs stopped serving alcohol at 2 am and they shut up for the night. Unlike nowadays where patrons can continue drinking well past sunrise.
The other reason was that my Mother always threatened to rent out my bed if I wasn’t home by 3am. Nice threat, but would have never worked.
So when I did get home from a night out with friends, there would always be a light on. The porch light would be shining bright and never be turned off until I was safe and sound and back home.
It was a beacon in the darkness of the street. The street lights only just throwing light near the front of the house.
In many other ways, family and friends can also leave a light on. Not always physically such as a porch light, but they can show the way to a place where you belong. A place where you always want to return.
Make sure you keep a light on for others, as they may sometimes need that light to bring them home.
Is happiness something that we are born with and keep in our hearts and minds throughout our lives, or is it something we strive for, with ever beat of our hearts?
This is a question that comes up on a regular basis, but it should be a natural occurrence for all of us, no questions asked.
But there are times when we lose sight of what we want and the happiness in our lives slowly slides away, until all we see of it is a glimmer, and a very tiny glimmer.
These are the times when we need family and friends to step in an help show us the path to happiness, and to where we should be.
We can’t always stand on our own two feet and expect to keep a smile on our dial, day in and day out. And we may not ask for others to help return our smile. It’s is really up to those ones close to us to and know when our happiness has left the building.
The biggest question is, do we all really deserve to be truly happy, or are some of us destined to feel pain and sorrow throughout our lives?
Most people I know will trust others to lead them in the right direction. And not only when they are on a road to nowhere and lost with no idea how to get back home. But then, sometimes getting lost on a ride can be a great adventure and a breath of fresh air.
Then there are other situations where we are mislead and eventually have to take the blame for something we thought was the ‘right thing’. Taking a ‘fall’ while others get off the hook and possibly end up with financial gain.
People are devious. No two ways about that. But are these people devious when it suits them, or are they always devious and hide it well from people around them. Including friends and loved ones.
It doesn’t matter what we think about how devious other people are, we need to admit it to ourselves that we can be just as devious as all the other people around us.
Even if we don’t believe we are that tiny bit devious, we need to look closer to home and see what we have done in our past, and then either accept it, or continue to sweep it under the carpet.
But then, is sweeping it under the carpet the right thing to do? Step out of the shadows and own up your indiscretions of your past.
There are days when we can see far across the ocean and everything is as clear as day. And then there are other days when no matter how hard we try, everything is about as clear as mud in a beer bottle.
During these times of non clarity we tend to lose sight of the future and the direction in which we want to head, making us doubt our own minds.
It’s not always easy to pick ourselves up and keep going, and we sometimes need a swift kick in the arse to jumpstart us into action. And wherever that kick comes from, it shouldn’t really make much difference. As long as we get going once again.
Most times we are kicked back into action by a family member or a close friend, and without these people in our lives we would easily slip into a rut and head down a slippery path of no return.
It’s those people we need to keep close to our hearts and minds, not just in a time of need, but whenever possible, as they will be there to help us through thick and thin.
This is normally a question a parent would be asked by a young child. But not always the case. It’s something that crops up in our own minds in times of need or a low point in our days, or our lives.
We think we are put here for a purpose, and when we are unable to fulfill that purpose, we feel as we have let others and ourselves down.
So when we reach a point and look back and think where did it go off the rails and it went so wrong. That’s what you see from your perspective, but othera still see all that you have done and all your achievements. What we see as failure in our own eyes, others see as success and achievements.
These are the times we need to listen to those around us, our family and friends and take in their thoughts on how we are truly travelling.
Just because we think we are off track, it’s the way we see it, and definitely not the case. We need to learn to believe in ourselves, and we will achieve what we were born to do on this earth.