- Arnold Schwarzenegger
We all have our good days and bad days, but honestly some of those bad days can be pretty bad. I suffered an ACL tear in my knee right before my last year of high school soccer.
I remember how it all went down vividly to this day. Corner kick against the other team. I was outside of the box to pick up the ball if it got out. The ball was headed out by a defender, I took a side step past a defender and went to dribble, POP! Just like that, I remember laying on the field wondering, "What just happened?" My knee instantly swelled up to the size of a softball. I thought, "Oh no, this can not be happening, not before my senior year!"
Of course on the day of the incident I went to the doctor. I was told that I more than likely tore my ACL. Come to find out, my whole knee exploded when the ligament tore. I had a partial tear in my meniscus and had bruising on the bones from the lack of stability that the ACL gave.
Instantly, I felt like crap. I thought I was just in a bad dream. Before I knew it, my left leg was nothing but a twig within a month. This obliterated my hopes and dreams and set me back a lot. I had to make a new plan for college and my future career just in case my knee never returned to its full strength.
I decided it was time to stay strong. I told myself, "I'm not giving up."
The same day of my surgery, I was doing my physical therapy. Three days later, I was walking with the support of crutches. Within the first two weeks, I could finally get a good contraction on what seemed like a non-existent quad muscle. I was pumped up! I went through my physical therapy program until now and have seen changes every single day.
Right now, I have one last challenge and it is to get my left quad the same size as my right in six weeks. I'm almost three weeks in and I can see the dim light at the end of that dark tunnel. Even though I almost have my strength back, it will still take me time to fully trust my knee to not give out.
With hard work, self-discipline, and being able to effectively recover in time to train my quads again, I have taken a recovery time of about nine months and acheived it in six months. I have also grown mentally. I know that no matter what life throws at me; I can overcome and learn from it.
I hope you have been motivated to face your failures and problems head on. When you do not see the failure as something negative, you will learn things about yourself that you may have never realized was possible! I know I have.