Learning to go with the flow (the hard way)
It wasn't more than two days after I arrived in beautiful Goa, India that I found myself in a hospital awaiting surgery on my leg after a "minor" motorbike accident; it was hardly the Goa experience I was expecting and my hopes of having just a short stint in a cast were quickly dashed after the x-rays revealed the bone in my shin to be snapped all the way through.
After surgery that they were able to do a short 15(ish) hours after the accident, they reminded me of everything they told me when I arrived in the "casualty" ward the day before; absolutely no walking for six weeks, during which I would be in a full leg cast, and a solid three months until full recovery. "Great." I thought. "There go my plans of spending the holidays in Europe and running a marathon in Peru."
These initial concerns were put on the back burner though when I started to worry about finding the funds to pay for this unexpected hospital stay and figuring out how to extend my visa that was set to expire in three weeks without any mobility. And, three days in the hospital post-surgery seemed like an eternity, with no wi-fi, no working television and no way to get myself off of the bed.
It was chaotic, frustrating and a little bit scary.
And then it passed. And I was hit hard with this realization: sometimes in life we have to give up our incessant need to be in control and just be willing to go with the flow.
I've asked myself why the accident happened at least one hundred times (of course with no clear answer), and maybe the reason is because I don't need to know why at this point in time. All that's really important right now is that it did happen and I have no choice to make the most of it!...which shouldn't be too much of a problem given the absolutely amazing people that have shown up in countless helpful ways.
The lessons I've learned while traveling have been varied and plentiful and this experience has served to teach--or maybe just remind me--of another one: the world is filled with beautiful and amazing people. And sometimes in life, we just have to say "ok" and simply go with the flow.