As regular visitors to my blog will know, I’m not talking about a holiday. I’m talking about my crash on 13th November 2010 when I smashed my left collarbone into pieces. You can read about it here.
It’s now nine weeks on and the collarbone has healed. It’s strengthening now and in three weeks time I get back out on the road on my bike. I can’t wait for that day now.
So what have I learned in those nine weeks?
A lot about myself & the people around me. I’ve also learned to rest more, which will please my friend Kev O’Neil!
I knew I had a good team at Freelance World, but I didn’t know quite how good they are. I’ve had to spend about half of those nine weeks at home, either due to the pain or the weather, however the business has continued to grow and develop. I’ve realised that I don’t need to be there every day to make it work, which frees me up to do the creative, innovative stuff that I’m best at and that I love!
I’ve learned who my friends are, old & new. Some amazing people who’ve taken time out of their busy lives to check in and see how I am. Who send me a cheery email or tweet out of the blue. That helped no end in the early days after the crash.
And it would be wrong of me if I didn’t say that I was disappointed by a few people who disappeared off the face of the earth. But hey ho! That’s life, isn’t it?
I’ve learned that sometimes I have to accept that things will be out of my control and just to go with it. Having to rely on trains taught me this! No point in stressing about it.
So, as I come out of the other end of this experience, I hope that I come out better for it and wiser. I may just live my life a little slower, just slow enough to fit in some of that “rest” stuff that Kev said I should try. And more appreciative of the people around me, both in my business & personal life.
And finally, most importantly, what a wonderful family I have. Joanna’s been there for me every step of the way and Andy & Becs have helped to keep my spirits high. They’re behind everything that I do, the reason that I am who I am, and I appreciate them that much more after this.