Friday, August 02, 2013
It has been a good week. I have recently met a woman who fell down the stairs the same week in 2011 that I did. We both sustained the same broken bones in our shoulder. How odd is that! It was interesting to discuss our injuries because no one else understands. Plus, who wants to hear about it over and over anyway. As we were talking I was told that her surgeon could not rebuild her shoulder with a prosthesis. I am very thankful mine was rebuilt. Although I cannot lift my right arm above a 90 degree angle. She cannot lift her arm enough to even shake someone's hand. That made me sad. But I told her that we should do Zumba together. I have done it often and really like it. I told her that I have learned to move as much as I can and be comfortable. Today was the DAY! She came with me. She was only able to do 75% of the class and then stayed to the side. I was so happy that she tried. She seemed pleased to have tried it and said that she may buy a Zumba tape to workout at home.
Because she and I had that similar bond, she did not feel unable to exercise or feel embarrassed of her lack of range of motion because she was not the only person there with an injury. Really, when you think about it, there are many people that you pass daily that have something that makes them feel different.
The purpose of saying all of this, is that no matter what makes you feel insecure it is not an excuse to avoid living life. We all need to get out and enjoy our life. We also need to make others feel comfortable as well.