When I was a kid, I fell out of a tree from about twelve feet up and landed flat on my back.
It hurt so bad I thought I was going to die. I couldn’t breathe, and when I moved my body screamed in pain.
Felt like I was suffocating. Panic set in and made it worse.
Considering I’m here, writing about this event, it’s obvious I didn’t die. Throughout my athletic life, I’ve had even worse falls and injuries.
But this first one, my first experience with getting the wind knocked out of me and bruising bones…that was wicked-scary. Overwhelming.
But it taught me a lot. The next time it happened, overwhelming panic didn’t set in. Panic didn’t make things worse. I knew what getting the wind knocked out of me felt like and that I needed to relax and let it my body work itself out. What I’d gone through—and survived—allowed me to handle it. Gave me a confidence and calm to face it again.
What you’re facing right now, it might be knocking the wind out of you. You might feel paralyzed, scared, alone. You may feel like you can’t breathe.
Hang in there. Stay strong. You can survive. You will survive.