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ACL To Do List

Every time I’ve been hurt, my mom tells me it’s a good chance to do something I don’t always get to when I’m in training. It’s almost a year now since I’ve “trained” but I think the advice still holds true- injury is a time for reflection and weird new activities.

I know that everyone who goes through this one inevitably hits a point where they realize the reality of half a year without their activity of choice- it just sucks. So this is my list of ten other goals and activities, for anyone who’s also been, or currently is, stuck on the couch.


(This is also a good explanation for why I haven’t been writing any blogs lately.)


  1. Read the Lord of the Rings trilogy, or something equally long and nerdy
  2. Take a ceramics class, or any class. Learn to play an instrument
  3. Find a good bread recipe- and bake it for friends
  4. Go vegan, or at least try baking a cake with avocados (it’s worth it, believe me)
  5. Practice your night photography
  6. Go on a road trip
  7. Learn to knit and/or crochet. If you already do, learn a new stitch. If you already know all the stitches, its time to take up whiskey drinking.
  8. Plan things for when you’re healed- I’m pining for some time in the desert.
  9. Volunteer to mentor a kid
  10. Pause, have a cup of tea, and do your best to put forth positivity. It’s possible.

There are days when I honestly can’t see the point of getting out of bed, but then I remember I have to trim the asymmetrical mugbowl I made, or that I have to buy avocados to do unnatural things with. In case you’re wondering- an asymmetrical mugbowl is something too tall to be a bowl but too wide to be a mug, usually with a disconcerting sort of lean to it. They’re kind of my specialty.

I used to think that the worst thing that could happen to me was another knee surgery, which was melodramatic but kind of true. In terms of life trials, this injury’s been mine. (I’m really lucky.) Yet I’ve found that the ol’ popped ligament always comes at a critical juncture in my life, and at times when I really, truly do need to take a step back and reassess my direction. So here we go. And maybe Aragorn can lend some words of wisdom. If not, he sure looks pretty in the movies.

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