There's got to be more to life...
September 23, 2012 6:48 PM Subscribe
Resources/ideas for proving to myself that there will be new passions out there for me to love
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet to sports, hobbies, & recreation (11 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
The past seven years my life has been all about combat sports. It wasn't something i was earning money from, just something I was crazy in love with and wanted to master and happily poured all my free time into. I moved overseas for it, I cut down my working hours for it (my job was just a pesky interruption between training sessions), then I studied and retrained to work in a gym so I could do something closer to my passions. Then I got injuries. Lots of them, due to my hip structure rather than a contact injury. I'd always had some injury every 6 months or so but they started coming thick and fast. Now I can't even go for a jog. Rehab is all about maintenance, surgery was explored and ruled out (cost and severity of issues). I fell into a deep depression, felt jealous of my friends training, felt like I lost some of who I am, lost direction etc. I feel like the world I know is getting further and further away from me. There has to be more to life than sport and exercise. I miss being passionate about learning something, I miss having a reason to get out of bed in the morning. There's a big gap in my life. But it also feels like this could be a real growth opportunity for me, that I might discover new parts of myself. I know I need to eventually accept the situation if I'm to move on but I'm struggling with that. I need to stay positive. At the moment it looks like dabbling in creating music could be a new 'thing's but I don't feel fully immersed in it yet. I can't imagine not having something physical at the centre of my life. I'm looking for anecdotes about people who for reasons outside their control dramatically shifted their careers/passions to other fields and have gone on to find fulfilment. People who've reinvented themselves and found it rewarding. Your own or others. Even just people who've never done much exercise at all and are happy anyway as at the moment this is outside my realm of experience.