One of the hardest things to deal with in life is adversity. But the most important thing when dealing with adversity in my life was that I always look at the bright side of the issue and remain positive at all times. There is no possible way to go through life without encountering adversity, and while it can be very hard, you must remain positive at all times. It is extremely hard to deal with adversity without staying positive. If you are negative you will almost never conquer your obstacles in life.
As we got onto the ice we started practice immediately. Since this year was going to be our first year of checking (legally), we were learning how to check the right way. The goal of the drill was to race around a cone and bump into a partner soft enough to keep them on there feet, but hard enough to knock them off balance a little bit. As I came around the cone I was heading right at one of the new kids on the team and he was slightly larger than I was. When we went to bump, he took it a little too seriously and his elbow slammed into my head. I knew immediately I had a concussion and that my favorite sport was going to be eliminated from my life completely.
As I left the ER that night I was crying. I was not really crying because I was in pain (even though I was) but I was crying because I had no clue who I was outside of hockey. In my life I had always had hockey to fall back on. When I was angry, sad or just bored I could always just get to hockey and you step into your own little world. Everything that is going on in your life has to be left behind in order to focus on your skating. That feeling of the cold air on my face just helped me to let go of everything.
In this situation, I was really struggling to see anything in a positive way. I just couldn't see how my situation could get much worse than it was at that moment and felt like a huge part of me had been almost ripped away from me. After many months of lying in bed with plenty of time to think, I realized that if I just sit around and do nothing about my situation, I will just live a sad life. My childhood at that moment was in my hands. One of the things that I was thinking about was what I could do now that my main sport was going to be out of the question. Suddenly I had an epiphany of sorts. I realized that all these years, while hockey had been great, it also really restricted what I could do because it took up so much of my time. All of the things that I wanted to do I had passed on because I din't have the time to manage school and my sports. By the time I was healed I was already performing in the school comedy as the lead role and attending vocal lessons because I realized that I love to sing and act. Who would have thought that a very sports-oriented kid like me would be interested in singing and acting? I know that I would have never thought that.
The different situations that I have mentioned above are only some small examples of adversity in my life, but those small parts of my struggles have taught me some very important lessons.