There are people who claim that university degrees are “useless.” If you’re like me and feel indignant at this statement, let me further play Devil’s advocate and explain why they say this.
I find these survivors’ stories to be inspiring and beautiful. In fact, after watching these videos I decided that in the future I should probably include videos of myself either doing therapy or demonstrating what I’ve gained back to help you visualize what you too can do if you make yourself that promise to take control of your healing and keep it going.
As a reminder, please don’t compare yourself to anyone else when it comes to their gains. That inner competitive drive serves no purpose. Everyone’s story is different, and there is no possible way to know every facet of every person’s individual situation. It is far healthier for all people involved to just be happy for others’ improvements and use their examples as a source of inspiration. The best solution is to compare yourself only to yourself — keeping a record of your results and keeping track of that progress is far more encouraging. (I plan to write a post solely on this, and soon, so stay tuned.)
In short (with no more tangents!), remember that knowledge will only serve you if you actively use it in your daily life. Refer to this blog for suggestions on home therapy and other healing methods, but they’re only here on the assumption that you’ll actually try them out. Most importantly, I’m here to encourage you to keep it up. That’s what will move your healing along: consistent, diligent action.
PS. Did you know that even mentally imagining yourself doing an exercise can help increase muscle mass? Your brain makes no distinction between physical and mental action (and, by the way, pain, but never mind). Obviously, actually doing it will result in faster physical results — but it can’t hurt to regularly visualize your exercises either. (This even applies to athletes — sprinters and the like — so just FYI.)
To our healing,