A year equals 365 days.
A year equals 8760 hours
A year equals 525600 minutes
A year equals 31,536,000 seconds.
All it took was one of those seconds to change my life forever.
With a long and painful year behind me, I can now begin to look forward and set a few new targets as the last of my operations are done and dusted.
When people discover I had a major incident with a car while cycling, i get the standard response of how lucky I really am.
In some ways this makes sense, I am still able to walk and have full function of all my limbs and only with some pain on a daily basis. But yes, I am alive and have managed to get back on the bike and continue with my life in a way I would have wanted.
But, if I had been really ‘lucky’ I would have never been hit by a motorist who was not paying attention to the roads in front of him. I would have never suffered the effects of a broken back and other painful injuries.
Luck has not been the biggest factor in getting back on my feet and eventually back on the bike. Persistence may have had a huge part to play, and the fact I find it rather difficult to accept help, even when I should was another factor.
Unlucky is probably the best way to describe the situation I ended up in. Broken and feeling very sorry for myself at the best of times. Not that giving up was ever an option, even though I have to admit there were times where it was one step forward and two steps back.
Having to go through two separate procedure, shoulder and then my hand, which I was told was fine. I guess the surgeon got that one wrong. So after 11 months, I had surgery to repair my thumb, and the rehab begins from scratch.
So all I can do from this point forward is look forward to a time where I can be happy with my condition and the joys I have ahead in my life.
A second can sometimes be the longest time in a person’s life.
Make every second count as you may not get the next one