Many of the blogs that I write are about herniated discs, sciatica, ODI - (oswestry) and back pain, they tend to be deep, full of content and kinda heavy. And yes I do write them. But this blog is not about any of that, this is about life and living it and enjoying it.
I posted on social media the other day that I was playing golf with my son and he beat me. It didn’t make me mad, I enjoy the competition so I scheduled a rematch. We played late on Saturday, it was a beautiful afternoon and nobody was on the golf course. (Very peacful)
As many of you know this event is very special to me because when my back pain was bad I didn't golf for 10 years. I didn't know if I would ever golf again. I have always had a passion for golf and I desperately missed it when I couldn't play.
When I found my way out of pain, I was just happy not to have any back pain with my everyday activities. I was unsure I would play golf again because I didn’t want the pain to come back. I was afraid and I was OK with not playing because when the pain was bad I couldn’t do anything. So to be able to live without pain and not golf was tolerable.
I eventually identified what I needed to do to be able to strengthen my spine, muscles and discs so that I could play golf, and really live again. I did what I had to do and slowly eased myself back into the game. I am able now to play golf 3-4 times a week all without any back pain.
So I feel blessed to be playing a game I love so much, and I feel blessed to be sharing these moments with my family.
Part of my desire to write this blog was to give people hope for their future. Yes you can play golf again and you can run again and you can swim again and you can ride your bike again….. You can live again.
So we were playing our round and we were even going into hole number 17….. It was getting close to dusk and the sun was setting slowly. I hit first on the 183 yard par 3, it was a good shot. Bouncing close to the hole, we were not sure if the ball went behind the flag stick or maybe it went in???
My son hit next and he was close. We headed to the hole my ball was no where in site…. Did it go over the green? Walking closer we could see he was 3 feet from the pin and I WAS IN THE HOLE. A hole in one, my first ever. I’m 47 years old and never had a hole in one. This was my first (with more to come). You need to remember, there was a time in my life when I didn’t think I would ever golf again.
So on this day I enjoyed a game of golf with my son, and had my first hole in one. Spending the day golfing with my son and hitting hole in one….. This is my “Back Pain Relief Happiness”.
What is your “Back Pain Relief Happiness”?