Last time I saw my PT, she said that she’d told a couple other patients about me (without using my name so as not to overstep HIPAA) to give them an example of someone who’s had to work hard and not give up despite not knowing exactly what to do. She referenced specifically that I’ve had to work on strengthening and had to figure out ways to do that without inciting pain. She wanted to give them some encouragement, I guess.
I’m just not so sure that I’m a particularly good example because I don’t know whether I have a healthy dose of optimism or an unhealthy dose of stubborn. My mother would likely lean heavily toward the latter, having told me my entire life that I’m often too stubborn for my own good. Bullheaded, I think is what it’s called.
I googled “stubborn” and quickly found the quote below. Which made me laugh right out loud.
“I don’t know how you persist in being so stubborn-”
“It’s a superpower. I was bitten by a radioactive mule.”
― Shannon Hale, The Actor and the Housewife
If stubborn is a superpower, I think I have it. I just don’t recall a radioactive mule in my youth.