Victory comes, at times, just when one no longer expects it.” Martin Buber
“The greatest of victories is the victory over oneself.” The Dhammapada: The Path of Perfection
“The first step towards victory… is to gain courage.” Plutarch
“How in the world were you ever able to do the ‘frog-kick’ and the breast stroke? These were the first words my University of Washington’s Back Specialist spoke to me as soon as he reviewed my MRI report. The report showed my severely twisted pelvis. To add to the fun my vertebrae are in backwards due to the twist in my pelvis. Now, they tell me! I was JUST learning about my deformed pelvis at 61 years of age. Just call me “Twisted Sister!”
The twist in my pelvis and back meant that I never had full range of motion for golf, baseball, or tennis. I couldn’t do backbends in gym. Plus, attempting to do the frog-kick along with my synchronized swimming stunts definitely was challenging, BUT I managed to succeed! You know what? I didn’t know that I could not do these activities so I kept plugging away. It is amazing what one can succeed at doing when you don’t know that you CAN’T do something!
So you might wonder… “How in the world did I end up with a corkscrew for a pelvis and back?” When my mom was approximately seven and a half to eight months pregnant with me, someone threw a firecracker in her car. I had been in the down position until the explosion went off and then I decided that I was going to stay in hiding and reversed my direction. Mom had to go back to the doctor and have him turn me back to the “down” position. In those days the doctors used forceps to help deliver babies. There are many cases where the forceps squished the heads of babies or did other things like squish my pelvis and twist it when the doctor turned me around to the down position so mom could deliver me.
My mom was a nurse, so I have no clue whether she knew what the doctor accidentally did to my formation in the delivery process or not. Now that I’m grown, and especially after I learned about my twisted pelvis and vertebrae it so explained all the difficulties that I had to work at overcoming after so many years as a child and young adult.
It also explains why I’m so DETERMINED to be the Little Engine that Could… “I think I can, I think I can!” I did play a bit of golf, tennis, and baseball, but I was terrible at these games as now I understand why. I used to beat myself up and call myself all sorts of names because I was so terrible at playing these games, BUT my success was in my synchronized swimming. So REMEMBER…