Yes Man

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.

Yes Man
Yes Man

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.

NightFest in Canberra
NightFest in Canberra

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.

Better Days
Better Days

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.

Cookie Monster and a friend and I in SIngapore
Cookie Monster and a friend and I in SIngapore

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.

Exploring in Alabama, USA
Exploring in Alabama, USA

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.

Make a Wish
Make a Wish

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!

Hiking in Scotland was one of my favourites!
Hiking in Scotland was one of my favourites!

 

 


32 Comments

  • Angela @ Dang Travelers

    December 3, 2016

    Sounds like you are doing a little self reflecting since you have idle time and I am loving it. I feel like us busy travel bloggers don’t have time to do much of that. So there’s one positive about your injury! Sorry to hear about your knee and surgery, sending all the best wishes for a speedy recovery! Looking forward to your future prioritized adventures!!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thanks Angela. I have done a lot of self reflecting and I think it has been quite positive. It is kind of nice that I have just stopped to have some down time as we are always so busy! The surgery went really well thank you. Have a good Christmas!

  • Kevin's Travel Diary

    December 3, 2016

    hope the knee get’s better sooner!, but look on the plus side, Netflix isn’t to bad, watch as many travel films as possible and live the travel live though the films 🙂 get well soon.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thank you Kevin. It is really doing well after my surgery last week. I am watching a lot of travel films and docos. I am loving it haha.

  • Tiffany

    December 3, 2016

    I hope the healing goes fast and that you can look forward to plenty of travel in 2017!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thanks Tiffany. One week on from surgery and I am doing really well! I hope you have a good Christmas 🙂

  • Carrie @ Two Small Potatoes

    December 3, 2016

    I’m so sorry to hear about your knee injury -that really totally blows. Good luck on the surgery and I hope you’re back on the travel warpath in no time!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thanks Carrie. One week on and my knee is doing really well and is starting to feel strong again. Have a good Christmas!

  • Anna Schlaht

    December 3, 2016

    Oh wow. Don’t be too hard on yourself; having surgery and recovery time is important, and your body will need the rest. I’m impressed just by the things you were able to accomplish this year! 🙂 Don’t see not making your goal list as a failure, see it as something to beat next year. Life is crazy. We can’t see the future, and sometimes that means not making our goals, BUT it means there are endless opportunities in 2017. Your travel schedule sounds great. I can’t wait to hear all about it!

    I’m really sorry to hear about your knee, though. I hope you have a swift recovery and will be back traveling soon enough! Sending you good thoughts over the holiday season!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thanks Anna. I think I was in a very different mindset when I wrote this post. I am one week on from surgery and I am really happy with the results and I am starting to feel strong again. But you are so right, these things happen and the body does need to rest. Travelling is really hard work and I find I need to have a holiday after a holiday!! 2017 will be a much better year because I will do all of those goals that I didn’t do this year. Thank you so much for the great comment. Wish you the best for Christmas and New Years!

  • Vanessa Workman

    December 4, 2016

    Great write up! Although I haven’t injured myself (knock on wood), I did recently have an epiphany that I needed to also prioritize my time. Putting the focus on myself as well as the goals I would like to achieve. For me in means learning to indeed say yes more to myself. I suspect you are going to be kicking some butt in 2017 so right on sister!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thanks Vanessa. That comment really made me smile. I am glad that you know where I was coming from and I am so glad that you are going to put yourself first next year. Bring on 2017!!

  • Corinne

    December 4, 2016

    I have been putting off getting my knee surgery just for all the reasons you are not enjoying it. I may regret that decision as I try to hike in the Ugandan rain forest in the upcoming weeks, but so be it! Get well soon.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Wow, Ugandan rain forest sounds so amazing! I hope you are enjoying it. Well one week on from surgery, it is definitely so much better. I hope you don’t put it off for too long (just do it doesn’t get worse) but all of the best when you do get it done 🙂

  • Bart & Eena

    December 4, 2016

    Cheers to prioritising the fun stuff! We are so glad to read stories like this and we are so excited to read more about your trips soon!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thank you so much. I am very much looking forward to a fun filled 2017!

  • Paul and Carole

    December 4, 2016

    A very honest post that shows that all doesn’t always go to plan. We hope you recover well and are able to reach your goals in the future!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thank you so much. I am recovering very well and looking forward to an action packed 2017! I hope you have a good Christmas 🙂

  • Lisa

    December 4, 2016

    Good for you, love your enthusiasm and zest for travel. We all learn the balancing act of prioritizing but fall short. I like doing things on a whim, hubby not so much. Happy and safe future travels to you!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thanks Lisa. I really appreciate your kind words. I have definitely learnt how to better prioritise for next year. I hope your 2016 was great 🙂

  • Clair Kelly

    December 5, 2016

    I can totally relate! I think you have had a pretty good 2016 all things considered.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Agreed. I couldn’t argue that it wasn’t too bad. Hopefully your year was good as well?

  • Elisa

    December 5, 2016

    So, I wish you everything good for your knee. Healthiness is the most important thing for travellers, I guess.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thank you Elisa. My knee has actually recovered really well. Without a working knee than there is less chance I would get overseas!!

  • Lara Dunning

    December 5, 2016

    Sorry to hear about your knee and the lengthy recuperation time. Think of the downtime as a way to plan out some of your travel priorities for when you are up and walking again and work on the blog!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thanks Lara. One week on and my knee is feeling really well. I am very happy with the strength it has gained in this short amount of time. But you are right, I have spent the majority of my time planning 2017 holidays!

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your knee surgery, that’s not fair! At least you have two big trips planned to get you through the recovery. 🙂 I wanted to travel more this year, but time just flew by and now it’s nearly 2017. Next year!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      I completely understand about 2016 just flying by and not realising that we have run out of time! Thank you for the kind words. Surgery happened one week ago and I couldn’t be happier with the results so far!!

  • Travel Lexx

    December 11, 2016

    Great post and awesome to know that you are prioritising what’s important to you. It’s all too easy to make excuses (just like in the film!) – resulting in missing out on so many important things in life. Good on ya and hope 2017 is a better year!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thank you so much. The surgery isn’t something that I could skip so I am glad that I had it done a week ago and I am looking forward to it being stronger next year for more adventures.

  • Mr Mike

    December 22, 2016

    I hope your knee heals up quickly after surgery! Its good to see another perspective and know that we are all just human and can make mistakes but if you make priorities you can get it done!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 28, 2016

      Thank you so much. That is exactly it, we all make mistakes but hopefully we learn from them!

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