For the past two years I have been struggling with injury and trying to make a come back to my sport: rowing. Just when I start to see the “light” and start to make some real progress something else happens to prevent me from succeeding. This time I have either pinched a nerve or ruptured a disk in my lower back.
I had meeting with my head coach on friday to talk about my future in rowing. He told me that as my coach he had to look out for me and made an executive decision to bench me for the next three months. This means I have to pretend to be a normal student. I have to get out of the “competitive athlete” mindset and start to explore my other interests. At the end of three months if my body has relaxed and the time off has done me good I can then start to introduce myself back to rowing.
I was devastated by this conversation. Rowing is my life. I have dedicated six years of my life to this sport. I have given up going out with friends, family vacations, and pursuing other dreams of mine so that I could be an exceptional rower. However after having a few days to consider and absorb this concept of being “normal” for a while I think maybe it could save me. I am not getting anywhere by constantly pushing my body to do more. It is screaming at me for a break.
Having all this freedom is slightly overwhelming. I have never been free to do what ever I wanted because I have had to always consider the repercussions it could have on my rowing abilities. I need to make sure I keep myself in check over the next few months and make good choices.
I think I might sit in on a slam poetry club meeting this week and see how I like that. I went to a slam event a few weeks ago and it blew my mind; and I write poetry and creative pieces often. Maybe this will help me expand my writing abilities.
Hey, Spring Training for Major League Baseball starts tomorrow! Also "chapter" is short for chapter meeting. Where the whole sorority on one campus gets together for a meeting for weekly announcements, etc. Love the new layout of you tumblr. I'm sure it's not that new, I just haven't been on Tumblr recently!
haha i knew that was coming up. i love the sox.
thanks for answering the sorority question. im on the rowing team so im not very well versed in things relating to greek life.
and thanks! its not terribly new…maybe a couple of weeks but ive always loved pink and green so im enjoying it! :-)
What is chapter? I ran into a girl in the elevator today wearing a really cute outfit and i told her I liked it and she said she was dressed up because she had “chapter” ….I just nodded and said ohhhh but i have no idea what that is lol
I am writing a piece for my creative writing class. I am feeling a little uninspired though and everything I have written today is putting me to sleep. (Which is definitely not a good sign considering I wrote it.)