Neck Injury and Burnt Hair

The day started off as it usually does. The alarm on my Iphone began to buzz obnoxiously, alerting me to the fact that my day was about to start. Half asleep I climbed out of bed and started to get ready for work.

As I sat down in front of my mirror to curl my hair, I had a realization. Today was the day my brother was coming home from San Diego for a two week leave. My little brother is a Marine and has not been home in over 9 months! Excitedly, I pulled out my phone to update my Facebook status. What I didn’t realize is that while I was on FB, I was simultaneously curling my hair. The room started to smell of burnt flesh.

A few seconds later I realized my HAIR WAS BURNING! I pulled the curling iron out of my hair immediately. Along with the curling iron, came a large chunk of my long, blonde hair. I could hardly believe it! I burned off a chunk of my hair!

Now in this moment I knew I had a choice to either flip out or remain calm. I chose to freak out. After a few moments of freaking out I realized that if I did not continue to get ready for work, I would be late. I finished getting ready and hopped in the car for my commute to work.

As I was driving, I decided to make an emergency call to my wonderful beautician. I left her a long, detailed message of how I managed to burn off a chunk of my hair. In an effort to always see everything in a positive light, I started to get excited about the new haircut I would desperately be needing.

It was in this moment I realized that all negative situations in life depend on how you look at them.

It seems like this would be the perfect place to end this blog post, but it is not. On top of my burnt hair, I have been battling a serious neck/shoulder injury all week. Over a year ago I popped a muscle in my neck. Since then at random intervals my neck starts to hurt so bad that I eventually can’t move the right side of my neck and shoulder.

I’m supposed to be in week 2 of marathon training right now. But, my neck injury has prevented that from happening. I started to have a really bad attitude about this situation as well, and then I decided to MAKE myself view it in a positive light.

I had to take two days off of work to let my neck heal. During that time I could not do much else but sit on the couch and relax. I learned quickly that I am not good at relaxing. It’s taken me an entire week to learn HOW to unwind. I have worn flat comfy shoes to work for almost a week straight-no killer heels for me. I have slowed how fast I walk and I have decided that I won’t die if I don’t run for a few days.

I can honestly say that now, I am grateful for my neck injury. If I had not injured my neck, I would not have seen how fast I was moving through my life.

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