I’m sitting on the couch at home here in Victoria on the evening of the summer solstice. It’s a perfect night; the sun is setting, my windows are open, fragrant incense is wafting in from my solstice-celebrating-neighbour’s back yard. Music is playing outside and voices are raised in happy chatter. This time of the year I’m usually down on the Oregon coast wrapping up a surf or windsurfing session with friends at Pistol River or Cape Sebastian, telling lies about epic moves landed over post session beers. It’s been blowing hard on the Southern Oregon coast for a solid week plus and a nice little south swell made an appearance…so why am I sitting on my couch at home? Three weeks ago I sustained a bilateral high ankle sprain and also sprained my knee on a poorly executed/unlucky strapless kiteboarding-landing from a high jump. The impact felt like it would jumping from a balcony and landing with your feet being forcibly flexed to the limit (and beyond) up to your shins then being forced the opposite direction in a fraction of a second. Super no bueno. I’d hoped that 3 weeks might be enough recovery time to get me ready to head down for June 19th. Nope. Not even close. I’m now hoping for an August trip there, ankles and wind/surf deities willing.
So what now?
I’ve made good progress so far. I’ve got a long way to go. I’m super motivated. I’m hugely disappointed to miss this annual pilgrimage to Oregon, but know I’ll be back. It’s tough to not let my mind constantly yammer on about the fact that I’m losing my opportunity to shoot and sail with my crew this year. I’d hoped to write an article for a windsurfing publication. I’d been super excited to point the Westy South and get some much needed adventure in. My good friend Paul Underhill (creator of drinkrumble.com) who has faced many challenges and injuries in his life with immense courage really helped me keep some perspective. He really sees this type of situation as an opportunity to create openness and awareness for new possibilities. In the big picture it’s a couple of sprained ankles and a knee that will hopefully make a full recovery. My eyes are wide open to see paths around these challenges and my heart is open to undiscovered opportunities that may never otherwise have been available.. Here we go. Huge gratitude to Paul for this piece of wisdom. All of you reading this who are also recovering from injury, heal well and with speed.
Photo credit David (C36)