As you may know from following things around here on Twitter, Facebook or reading prior blogs, I attended SEE THE LINE, concussion symposium last week at UWO. For the most part, the way life moves these days, that is already old news (but always remember “when in doubt get it checked out”). The fact that at the end of the afternoon Eric Lindros was making a B-line for the parking lot and I was straight in his path was altogether another experience!
At this point I am sure many of us can’t imagine what it is like to be in the path of a 6 foot 4 inch, 250+lb (former) pro athlete (I didn’t!). I have frequently been side-by-side with Provincial, National and (future) World Champion cyclists at many a competition (those guys were built more like whippets vs. a freaking Grizzly bear!) but this was totally different. It would have been easy to step aside and accept the reward of the Symposium in-and-of-itself, but I had committed to seeking out an autograph opportunity for fellow ART® provider, Chiropractor and all around good guy Dr. Mark Butkus http://www.tmchiro.com/ who couldn’t be there that afternoon. When the moment came to me (like a freight train), I asked “Eric can I get your autograph?” The response was, a side step, and “sure,” but I had to move with him, quickly. This no doubt a skill Eric learned during his career to avoid being mobbed. So right there you have it, in 10 seconds or less, an autograph, pleasantries exchanged, needle threaded and another highlight posted.
You know, it is said, regardless of actual origin of the quote;
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”
This quote blows me away when I come to think of it. Personally, I was raised to believe that you should be able to, metaphorically speaking, press a 300 pound weight off your chest repeatedly (without help) or get on the Honor role by virtue of what you were born with (meaning, by virtue of things beyond your control). I fortunately now realize this expectation is patently absurd for most humans. It really wasn’t until I was into my adult years, that I realized all I had to do was reorient my lift and squat or deadlift with 300lbs was relatively easy, in fact my deadlift PB is around 365lbs for a double and 385lbs on squat for a single. I also found during my Massage Therapy education that a 90% average was fairly easy if you leverage study skills (i.e. take legible notes, review at the end of the day, at 24 hours, have a study partner with similar objectives and add some fun, etc... duh). So getting an autograph from Eric Lindros wasn’t so hard or injurious at all, it was fairly easy. All I did was look for the opportunity and when it came to me, ask. Man, this thing called life is getting easier I tell ya!
Moving forward it’s important for all of us to realize, more and more, that things are not what they seem or necessarily what you have been told they are (unless it’s things like gravity, time and space, but even those concepts are being further (re)defined). For example, “chronic” does not mean permanent, “pain” is not necessarily synonymous with structural damage and a diagnosis or diagnostic finding on an MRI does not create disability. Take the time, ask the right questions, collect information, determine what is right for you, create opportunity, then ask for a favour and/or take action. And if you don’t get what you feel is right for you from your efforts, environment or the people around you then take the next step and ask someone else or change your approach and your surroundings. Because being the strongest or the smartest is an extremely hard and tortuous place to be, not to mention the responsibility they have to win at all costs or die trying to solve the worlds problems. For most of us the easiest thing we can do for our wellbeing and for those that look up to us, is adapt to change, play to our strengths and avoid a catastrophic hit by asking for a favour.