The first post in this section is going to be a bit of a rant. I’m hoping that future posts will be my profound thoughts on happenings around the globe but for now I am going to pout shamelessly.

I’ve been immobile for almost seven weeks now and it’s been perhaps the most challenging thing I’ve ever had to go through physically. The reason for my current state is due to surgery on four of the toes on my left foot. The initial recovery consisted of six weeks in a cast and two weeks of walking in a boot. I’m happy to say that I’m done with the first six weeks, however my doctor has ordered an additional three weeks of not walking. After that I’ll be able to walk in the boot for three more weeks before being done completely.

I am very proud of myself for how far I’ve come and how I’ve handled myself but it doesn’t change the fact that I’m extremely bummed at my current circumstances. I’m a very independent person and not being able to go where I want when I want is proving to be very frustrating.

I spent the majority of the past three months in New York City where I spent my days walking for hours through different neighborhoods. Every day was an adventure filled with new people and places. Fast forward to now and I’m back in Atlanta and literally cannot get out of my front door without help. Going from one extreme to another has had quite a toll on me.

While I hate being so dependent on others I am so grateful to my friends and family who have came to visit and gotten me out of the house. Without them I don’t think I’d be handling this nearly as well.

Another thing that keeps me going is reminding myself that there is always someone in a worse situation. I may be having trouble during my recovery but at least I have all of my limbs. Not everyone is as fortunate. This is just another chapter in my life and will one day be a bad memory.

With roughly five more weeks of recovery ahead I just remind myself that this is a temporary setback in life. I have so much to look forward to and can take this time to plan all of great trips I want take in the future.

I’ll have to reread this article in a couple of months when I’m recovering from the surgery I have to have on my right foot and hopefully I’ll be much more equipped to deal with the frustrations.

My advice to those reading is to not take simple things such as walking to your mailbox and driving to the supermarket for granted. You never know when things can change and you’re begging people to come pick you up for a drive around the block.

Published by Ashley Zoerner

I'm originally from New Orleans, LA and grew up in the nearby town of Waveland, MS. I graduated from Georgia State University with a communications degree in 2010. Since then I've traveled the country and world meeting the most interesting people. My dream is to tell people's stories and share my passions with the world.

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