Children are naturally resilient. Falling off their bike and scraping their knee doesn't knock them down for long. As a 10 year old child, Marlo was brought to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis for a thoracic spinal fusion for Scoliosis. Her first of many surgeries to come.
Surgery in adulthood is vastly different from surgery as a child. As an adult you are out of commission for a longer duration than a child, even for the same procedure.
At 10 years old post spinal fusion day 4 felt like a great day for Marlo. She visited the playroom, creating a masterpiece on a pillowcase, writing directing and choreographing a puppet show, having a great time. You'd have no idea she just had metal rods drilled into her spine. To her, feeling great meant she was able to conquer anything. That anything included lifting a 2 year old up to help him see the entire view from the playroom window. Marlo didn't understand the fuss when her parents came running in condemning the aide for not watching their daughter. What was the big deal she thought. She felt fine, so she must really BE fine.
As children; the world is our oyster, we are there to conquer it. We can do anything be anything.
Children are great examples of resiliency. They bounce back from painful procedures and surgeries. Close your eyes and get into the mindset of a child, just for a moment. Think about all the good, the fun, the games you played, the friends you enjoyed. The resiliency you experience as a child can be reached as an adult as well. We can bounce bak just as fast. Instead of laying in bed moaning and groaning we can think of all that we have to be grateful for, all the wonderfully beautiful things in this world. Think of all the places you can't wait to visit, and what you will do when you're there. Immerse your mind into the possibilities. You can be resilient, you can choreograph your own puppet show.