Things I learned while I’m concussed

February 6, 2016

I’m baaackkk after a very long hiatus!! For the last few weeks or so, I’ve been visited by my not-very-pleasant-friend whose name is Concussion. The first few initial days were pretty disorientating and frustrating, as everything seemed slower than usual. I was even convinced that I would never be able to rapidly babbling with my friends again. However, as the weeks whizzed by, I gradually gained back my consciousness, and here I am, better than before (I think).

As you might have guessed, being concussed is not an enjoyable experience, but as the proverb goes, you gotta make the best out of everything. Along the way, I’ve learned a few lessons that I wanted to share with you. Here we go.

1. Technology is not the whole world

In the technology-overdosed world that we live in today, we are constantly surrounded by the virtual world, trapped and captivated by our screens. If I did not check my Facebook for a few hours, I immediately feel like I’m missing out a lot of things. There is actually a term for that: FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out. When I was concussed, I was told that I should limit my time looking at the screen. That means no phone, no computer, no iPad, no Kindle,.. Even if I wanted to, I could not surf the internet for a long time, as I would immediately suffer from headaches and dizziness. At first, it was very suffocating. Then, I realized that I may actually be better without my daily dose of social media. I became less anxious and more attentive to the world around me. I communicated better because I focused on my friends, not on the screens.

2. Sometimes, you need to slow down and give yourself a break

I was so frustrated and anxious because I could not get my homework done. It all felt so tedious and overwhelming to me. As a result, I had to put all my homework aside and just relax. And it did wonder to me. I was able to clear my mind (and the headaches started to lessen, too).

3. To listen is much better than to speak, and speak!

I was a fast speaker. I liked to get ideas out as rapidly as possible. Sometimes, people would not understand what my friend and I are speaking, as we speak way too fast. After I was concussed, I (was forced) to slow down by my brain. And I hated it. So instead of speaking, I listen. And guess what, I realized that listening is much harder than speaking, for not everyone can do that. We all like to express ourselves, but we do not take times to listen to other people.

And that’s all I have for today. I hope y’all have a good super-bowl weekend and concussion-free !

Until next time

Haylee

 

 

 

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2 Responses

  1. Avatar Martha Yules says:

    Haylee — Well done! This was a pleasure to read, thought provoking. We live in a very special place with so many amazing people, I’m glad you are finding the beauty in slowing down and taking it all in!

  2. Avatar Nancy says:

    Glad to hear you’ve recovered and have gained from your experience. Nice lessons:)

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