December 29. Defining Moment.
Describe a defining moment or series of events that has affected your life this year. (Author: Kathryn Fitzmaurice)
My back injury at the end of March immediately comes to mind for my defining moment of 2010. It was a rough experience and continues to have its tough spots to this day. My life was rocked by the injury, as there was so much I’ve had to change about even everyday things such as bending over to pick up something off the ground.
Even though this unforeseen event has brought a lot of sadness and unexpected changes, I have to believe that it has happened for a reason. Nothing in life is by mistake. I may not understand why I’ve had to deal with this pain and discomfort, but there is an underlying reason. So many of my plans for moving forward in 2010 were stalled because of the injury. Maybe that’s a good thing in the end. You just never know.
I’m reminded of September 11th. There were stories told of survivors about missing a train or getting held up at home over some sort of delay that morning, thereby saving their life. Of course, my injury was not life-threatening in the same way as the events of that horrific day, but again, everything happens for a reason. For me, I believe that God helps keep us on track in our life. Of course, much of what we do is our decision alone, but sometimes a delay in getting somewhere or doing something may have seriously altered our future. We just never know, maybe never will.
Would I love to find a permanent fix for my injury so that I can again enjoy things like running? Most definitely, yes I would. I hope that one day a surgery procedure that works and is a sure thing comes along. Meanwhile, I’m not going to feel sorry for myself or worry about the what if’s and why’s. Life’s far too short to do that.