New Seasons, New Opportunities
IF YOU SUBSCRIBE TO MODERN PIONEER OR HAPPENED TO PURCHASE A COPY OF THE FEBRUARY/MARCH 2017 ISSUE, you may recall that I sustained a left-shoulder injury in summer 2016, which resulted in my inability to hold even a 5-pound dumbbell out in front of me. Heck, I couldn’t even lift my left arm to shoulder height without any weight in my hand.
I avoided medicine and surgery to treat my injury. Instead, I opted for laser treatment, PEMF treatment and chiropractic care. I also continued eating healthy foods and working out. Of course, much of my workout routine had to be tweaked to favor the injured shoulder. I also began some self-prescribed, ultra-lightweight rehabilitative shoulder exercises to keep the shoulder mobile.
Inevitably, the injury happened only a few weeks before a highly anticipated Idaho elk hunt last fall. Surgery would’ve meant my entire season, and all of the money I had invested in hunting licenses, would be sacrificed. It was difficult to do, but I didn’t even touch my bow for a couple of weeks. I knew the chiropractic care and other treatments had to begin working before I attempted drawing and shooting it.
Amazingly, two weeks later, I was drawing back my 70-pound bow with minimal pain. But, I still had to favor my shoulder. Healing continued, and by the end of my elk hunt—unfortunately I didn’t get a bull—i put up my second best bench press ever at the gym. I went from not being able to hold a 5-pound weight in front of me to bench-pressing 275 pounds. This would not have been possible that quickly had I resorted to rotator-cuff surgery.
The injury unexpectedly resurfaced last November. Once again, I had limitations in the gym and with my bow. Back to laser, PEMF and chiropractic treatments, and my self-prescribed rehabilitation exercises.
Today, my shoulder is doing well. I can draw and shoot my bow all I want pain-free, and my workout routine is unhindered. Thanks to God and a careful, natural approach to healing, my shoulder is in good working condition and getting even better.
To that end, it’s a new season. I’m more fired up for the upcoming hunting season than I’ve been in a while. As I write this, September can’t come quickly enough. And while my annual elk hunt is normally in Idaho, I’m trying out Colorado this year. I’m a little nervous about it, but fear can’t hold me back. As John Muir said, “The mountains are calling and I must go.”
I’ve been through Colorado—more than 20 years ago—but have never hunted there. Whether I do or don’t kill an elk, it will be a new season, a new opportunity. And by the time this issue hits your mailbox, that hunt will be complete. Send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re wondering how I faired.
On another note, my wife and I are also currently purchasing a home. If you’ve been following my writing, you know that we’ve spent the past two years living on the road in our fifth-wheel camper. The full-time, nomadic lifestyle is ending now, but we’ll continue traveling on more of a part-time basis. It’s bittersweet; we’ll love having the extra space of a home and the ability to plant a garden in our backyard, but we’ll miss the constant adventure of life on the road.
Purchasing a home automatically instigates a new season of life and new opportunities. I have a stable personality, so new seasons of life make me slightly hesitant, though I know change is good. I believe it’s healthy for a person to try new things occasionally. Sure, it pulls us from our comfort zones, from what we know, but that’s a good thing, so long as that which we’re doing was well thought out and won’t put us or others in harm’s way.
Life has many new seasons, and with them come new opportunities. Wouldn’t life be boring if that weren’t true?