Crop top, Topshop via Nordstrom | Skirt, H&M | Shoe, Forever 21
Photos by Alura Chung-Mehdi
Scheduled on 5/4/15
I almost named this post "Fragile Body, Resilient Soul" because I liked the vocab better, but then I reconsidered. The word fragile imposes a condition--it would imply that there is nothing I can do about these running injuries, that my body is just like this. Yes, I have encountered various ailments over the last few seasons. Yes, I have to be more careful. But more importantly, yes, I can run injury free--I've done it before and can do it again. My body is not fragile, it's simply broken right now.
Wording can have a big impact on attitude--I'm always quick to correct my friends whenever they utter statements like "I'm a bad test taker," or "I'm a slow runner." While it's true that innate skill may vary, this wording doesn't allow any chance for improvement. It's resignation to a condition that has every potential to change with effort. Switching to "I've struggled with tests in the past," or "I can work on running speed" can make all the difference.
I also almost shed the crutches and boot for the entire post, but thought better of it. Yes, blogs are polished versions of our lives, but for me, shooting photos without all this hardware would've felt like a lie. The crutches and boot aren't pretty and make it more difficult to pose, but they're part of my life now.
Life isn't always pretty, but pushing through the tough spots is most empowering.
Speaking of tough spots, finals week is almost upon us. I'll be pretty absent from the blogging world for the next week and a half, but I can't wait to catch up with you all once I've completed my first year of college. Leggo!