What the surgery taught me

12 Dec

I ran yesterday – for the first time in 8 months. It hurt, quite a bit. The leg is clearly weak and reminds you that natural healing doesn’t happen overnight.

However, I didn’t tell anyone that it hurt. Because of which even I forgot about it after a couple of hours. And the day went just fine. As if I had never run!

And that’s been the biggest lesson for me – in the past 8 months. I don’t know if the surgery was a major one or not. I don’t know how many people go through this AVN jazz. In my head, it was something that had happened to me and I had to get it sorted. Just like any other challenge that comes your way.

I didn’t amplify it. I didn’t talk about it a lot. And suddenly, even if it was supposed to be a big deal, it wasn’t! People took it normally. Most forgot about it. Most didn’t even realize that something that happened.

It was as if I altered the truth, through my perception. I changed how the world (and I) would react to a situation – by changing it in my head. And it worked!

No one offers their sympathies. No one says, “sorry to hear about the surgery”. Which they would have perhaps, had I made it a big deal in my head. Had I perceived the situation to be worthy of sympathy in my head.

I have always been impressed by the power of the human mind. This entire experience just reaffirms that belief.

I ran today too. It didn’t hurt one bit!

3 Responses to What the surgery taught me



November 25th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Thank you for sharing that….. Keep on running;)


From Crutches To 21kms in 12 Months | ankur Warikoo

December 27th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

[…] a reply to a Quora question, I realized that this experience taught me a lot. Largely around how the world’s reaction to your circumstances are determined by your own perception of the same circumstance. As if you could project your views onto others, and get them to react in […]



August 14th, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Hey Ankur,
What you have said is so true and inspiring. Keep up the good work!

Comment Form