I injured my wrist pretty badly yesterday. The story isn’t particularly remarkable. In fact, it’s rather embarrassing and lame: while I was tossing vegetables in a pan, I heard a snap come from my wrist, and then BAM! my wrist locked up and became inflamed to the size of a golf ball.
My immediate response was to lament the implications of my injured wrist. I was annoyed about not being able to perform the workout I had planned for the next day that called for upper body exercises, and the idea of having to write code with one hand was daunting, to say the least.
But then I realized I have one of two choices following this experience: I can continue to lament, or I can adapt.
If I continue to lament, there’s really nothing to be gained. If I adapt, then there’s everything to gain.
So, I chose to adapt.
I found a set of exercises that I could do and adapted my workout.
I charged forward and did as much coding as I could with one hand and, though it wasn’t as much progress as I was hoping to make, I’m still proud of what I was able to accomplish given the circumstances.
And as for this practice of writing daily, well, I’m actually not writing today. Instead, I am dictating this post for the first time using my phone and am rather enjoying it!
You’re not always going to love or be in control of your circumstances, but you can choose to respond in a way that makes the best of the situation.