As a travel blogger there are two main goals I constantly attempt to achieve. One is to get people to travel the world and the other to get people to say ‘yes’ to amazing opportunities that present themselves. Think of Jim Carrey’s movie ‘Yes Man’. At the moment, I feel like I have failed these goals.
Last week I injured my knee and now I require a knee reconstruction. Sigh, this is happening in just over a week now. Am I sore? Oh yeah. Am I cranky about it all? You bet ya. I am nervous and a bit scared over an operation like this. But along with nerves, I am feeling slightly disappointed in myself. I am disappointed that I am going to have this year end on a sour and boring note. I could have achieved so much more.
Firstly, let me quickly explain how I came to be stuck on the couch for two week straight and the prospect of another month of watching Netflix on the couch. I have been playing indoor soccer for about 5 years now and I have had my fair share of injuries. I went to tackle the opposition and I heard a loud ‘snap’ and I hit the ground. It took me a while to get up off the ground. The night was spent icing my knee and being chauffeured around as I couldn’t drive. After visits to both my GP and my physiotherapist, I was sent to get an MRI and X-ray. The results revealed that I had a high grade tear to my ACL and my lateral collateral ligament and with a bit of marrow edema (bruised bones). So effectively I have a very swollen knee that can’t bend or be straightened. The surgeon didn’t give me a choice and I am now booked in to get my knee reconstruction in just over a week. So effectively they will take a part of my hamstring and graft it into my knee and screw it into the bone to get my ACL to function properly again. Ew. This means that I will be on the couch for the rest of the year and some of January.
So you may be asking – what has this actually got to do with travel? I know I would be. Well I am here to talk about prioritising. Every year I make goals – things like how many times a year I want to travel overseas, how many interstate trips I want, activities in my own backyard that I want to see and do etc. Every December I write my goals out and this year I failed to achieve them all. I ticked a couple, for example I travelled overseas to Indonesia and I wanted to do five interstate trips but I only managed four. I was pushing a camping trip back into December but now that won’t be happening. So why didn’t I prioritise my travel trips? This is something that I preach out constantly to my followers. I am having trouble wrapping my head around why I kept pushing it back. Was it because I just thought I had more time? Was December always meant to be hectic as I attempted to fit all of my goals into the busiest months of the year? What I was really thinking? I guess I am just frustrated at myself as I have wasted a couple of opportunities.
I didn’t really say no to any amazing opportunities this year. I just didn’t get in to a position that gave me a chance. Earlier on this year I grasped opportunities by the horns as I jumped on a plane for Indonesia within 24 hours of having tickets issued. It was definitely spontaneous and I loved every minute of it. I wish I could just jump in my car and drive somewhere. I can’t drive long distances and there is the chance that the remaining ligaments in my knee could snap. It really isn’t worth the risk but I just don’t like being told I can’t do something.
I have always said that everyone can travel; they just have to prioritise it. I failed to prioritise my love for travel this year. Although most of January 2017 I will be stuck recovering on the couch, I already have two overseas trips planned. Next year I promise that I will prioritise my travel.
Don’t get me wrong, I know a knee reconstruction is nowhere near the end of the world and there really is a lot worse out there. I have just taken this as a bit of a wakeup call that my life really needs that ‘work life balance’. Some of you may know that I actually have a very demanding full time job that pays my bills. I do blogging for fun so why am I constantly putting it to the side? I must learn to prioritise the fun –including travelling.
I guess I don’t really expect many answers on why I didn’t prioritise 2016 as I should have. I am more rambling to let everyone know that not everyone is perfect as well. Travel bloggers present this constant perfect life but I can tell you that it isn’t always the case. We get swept up in the little things as well. 2017 will be my year of prioritising what I actually want. Who knows when you are going to injure yourself or get crook; so make sure you have the right mindset and do what you want to do. I am not saying that you should go out and quit your job and pursue your wildest dreams, just do it where you can sustain a happy work life balance. Next year I will continue on with my hectic job but I will post more on here, at least two overseas trips, six interstate trips and at least as much exploring of my hometown as I can. As I have written it down here, you guys can hold me to it. 2017 will be my year of prioritising fun – including constant travel (well at least constantly planning my trips!!). I feel a lot better after writing this. I know that I shouldn’t feel disappointed with myself as this was a freak accident but it feels better knowing that I have learnt a lesson from this – prioritising and the right mind set!