Have injuries changed your life? Your workouts? Your career? Your relationships? Is it just luck or is the body teaching us lessons and guiding us to our destiny?
Dance has always been my passion. I mean the real mud, blood, guts passion. But dance, my body, my feet, my hips have taken me on a merry tour of life and not in the way I ever would have wished or imagined. Dancing in Jazz heels, along with a congenital birth defect, caused me to develop bunions l. I gradually moved to lower heels, then to modern dance which is done barefoot, to the surgeon’s hand. A bunionectemy in my 20s led me to start a costume design business while recovering from surgery. Later, plantar fasciitis took me out of the game entirely. For 20 years! Since my feet did not want to dance anymore I was guided me to bodybuilding and a long career as a personal trainer. Eventually, even the standing in athletic shoes became too painful for my stressed feet, I was moved to pursue higher education and eventually law school. The further I advanced toward a career in law, the better my feet felt. Finally I was wearing professional pumps in the board room and the court room, I never stopped working out through all of this and I took up swimming instead of running, continued to lift, practice yoga and eventually began to practice muy thai for two years with a vengeance!, I was sparring with women with 20 pounds more muscle and 20 fewer years than I. Forgetting all of the training and knowledge from three fitness certifications, I regularly performed 100 side kicks, push kicks and knee kicks into an unforgiving heavy bag. Orthopedic surgeon number two performed my first hip replacement in 2006. Rehabilitating the hip felt a lot like barre work. I started taking ballet; just the barre portion of the class. Then one day I thought, “oh, I;ll just try a few moves across the floor.” and lo and behold my feet let me dance again!
So why am I babbling on about how dance, training and injuries have affected my life? Because I pose the questions: what are our bodies teaching us? Are our bodies guiding us through life in some way? And if so, how can we listen more deeply? Right now I am so excited about the Train Sane concept but alas my left hip is talking to me. It wants me to move purposely and in symmetry. The plan for Train Sane must be adjusted or delayed to accommodate this adamant requirement from my left hip. So I listen. I trust my body to guide me and I honor its guidance by following it. Stay tuned for how this all works itself out, and let me know how your body is guiding you!