When things, erm, take an unexpected turn and you end up having to throw all your plans out the window, how do you deal?
I crashed my bike last week.
I wish I could tell you it’s an amazing story, one involving epic bravery, a police chase, and even a rescued kitten, but nope. I just got my tire caught on the edge of the sidewalk and went down – hard.
(At the corner of a busy intersection in front of many people and cars no doubt).
And yeah, I scuffed up my body big time, and I cried a lot, and I was in a whole lot of pain for a few days, but surprisingly, none of that was what I found most difficult about the whole thing.
It was the change of plans.
I’ve never been very good at spontaneity and it’s no mystery why – I simply like to know what’s happening.
So when my weekend, formerly all planned out with productivity, passion projects, and fun, suddenly looked like it was to be spent sleeping and resting on the couch with an ice pack or two, well, what can I say?
I was pissed.
But as I often try to do in trying circumstances such as these, I thought to myself: “What would my blog suggest?”
(Yes, I sometimes try to think of what my own blog would recommend because I consider these posts as coming from my wisest self – and just to be clear – I am NOT always my wisest self.)
My answer came to me soon enough, in the form of a question:
“How can I be most kind to myself right now?”
Well, that’s easy, I thought. It certainly isn’t to push through with my existing plans, suffering greatly all the while.
So I decided to do the kind thing: I gave myself total permission to rest all weekend (with as much Netflix and treats as I wanted).
And you know what? It wasn’t so bad.
How do you typically react when plans need to change? Is it easy? Is it hard?
Maybe in these situations (and perhaps in a host of other situations as well) our best path forward could become clear with this one question: How can I be most kind to myself right now?
Just see where it leads you <3