Here in my sorority bedroom my roommates and I have a little hand-made white-board on an easel propped up on the dresser. We keep a marker nearby so any one of us can change what the board has to say.
This week the board says “Be Awesome.”
We started repeating this phrase after watching Kid President’s motivational video on YouTube. If you have not seen it, go watch A Pep Talk from Kid President to You right now!
My roommate wrote this on the board specifically for me.
Last week I endured a devastating accident. Around 4:00am I somehow managed to roll off my top bunk in my sleep. During my fall I slammed into the dresser below and landed head-first on the floor. In order to save my head and neck from breaking, my reflexes kicked in and I tried springing myself up off the floor. During that process, I snapped both bones in my left wrist. I also lost all ability to move my left hand and fingers. I ended up having surgery (my biggest fear) to get pins in my arm to straighten the bones that were sticking out of my arm and hopefully regain movement in my hand.
“Be Awesome” is a reminder to me to turn this negative into positive. I keep feeling sorry for myself for not being able to button my own pants, type with two hands or hold a plate and scoop food onto it. I complain about my pain medicine making me sick and making me too drowsy to make it through the day. I get angry at how little sleep I am getting and the back pain I am getting from this sling. I am frustrated I cannot shower as easily and put my own hair in a ponytail. Though my constant exasperation, I feel guilty for feeling this way. I keep forgetting how lucky I am that my injury wasn’t worse. I could have broken my neck, had severe brain damage or more. I have to remind myself that there are people fighting battles far more intense than my temporary one.
Kid President quotes Robert Frost’s infamous line “Two roads diverged in the woods, and I took the road less traveled by.” Then Kid President retaliates, “And it HURT man! Rocks! Thorns! Glass! My pants broke! Not cool, Robert Frost.” However, he proceeds to acknowledge that if there were two roads, he wanted the road that lead to awesome.
Here in a year I will laugh when saying “Remember that time…” and forget how much I actually appreciate my left wrist. I have come to the realization that God placed me on this temporary path of rocks, thorns and glass to enlighten me of my power to make any situation awesome.
In the meantime, I will be awesome while eating my calcium enriched foods- and typing with one hand.