Since my first year of freshman volleyball, I have learned to love the game. After receiving the M.V.P award my sophomore year in my school’s J.V team and playing all-around my junior year in varsity, I was determined to make my senior year, my most successful volleyball year yet. However, my whole vision turned upside down after I tore my Achilles tendon.
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I have always seen myself as a fighter, constantly pushing myself to prove to others and myself that I can accomplish anything I want. I attempted to fight my injury through force. I forced myself to try to play and forget the pain I was in. The tenacity and fearlessness that I gained from playing volleyball never really allowed me to fully build on my patience and because of that, it was difficult to realize that the only thing I could really do to improve my condition is wait. I learned to fight back through patience.
I didn’t really understand how such a calm characteristic like patience would improve my injury. I was ignoring the pain and the swelling in my leg and tried to get back into playing and as a result, I only made my injury worse. I viewed patience as a negative characteristic that was similar to laziness, not realizing how difficult it is to be patient and how powerful of an outcome it can have. All I can do is wait and have confidence that I will get better. Even in the worst situations, there is always something to take away from it. Being angry is not going to make me heal faster and neither is forcing my body to do what it physically can’t do. I have learned to see patience as my way of fighting my injury and to embrace how powerful it is. I have continued doing my recommended amount of toe lifts and giving my tendon plenty of rest, but until then, I will be on the bench, cheering