Is a serious injury or recovery from a major operation keeping you sidelined from your usual occupations and hobbies? It can be difficult for the ambitious to suddenly have to stop. The inertness can drive some people insane.
Still, there are some serious perks to staying put. Assuming your pain is being well managed, you can really take advantage of this time.
Get online and buy yourself three books that look interesting to you. Most of us are so busy these days we rarely take the time to finish an entire magazine article – forget an entire book! Take this chance to catch up on your reading. You can choose whatever you want, and it can be long, maybe one of those two thousand page fantasy novels. If you’re not the type to fit this kind of thing into your life, then you won’t be doing it when you get back on your feet. Do it now.
Search around for three new apps that will make your life better. You can really browse and experiment with different options that interest you. Then take the time to learn how to make the best use of the ones you chose. If you don’t bother now, you won’t later.
Sharpen your mind. Yes, you’re physically sidelined, but your mind doesn’t care. Given Stephen Hawking as a shining example, we should all realize how much we can accomplish with our minds. Pro athletes who have been injured and can’t yet get back on the field use mental imagery and other exercises to keep their minds fit. You can do the same.
When the mind sharpening is finished, watch marathons of your favorite television shows. Now that we have Netflix there has never been a better time to stop and plop and watch whole seasons of quality TV.
Take stock of your life. Take your time and go over what’s going well and what could go better. This is not a work review or a test or anybody else’s opinion of you or your life. This is just you thinking about you. Enjoy it. The experience won’t last long enough.
One more thing: Do nothing. Do absolutely nothing. Feel the silence. Feel the peace.
Did you feel it?
Your convalescence is already over. Hopefully you enjoyed it.