I want to share with you today a collection of uplifting videos from AmputeeOT. Christina made her videos to chronicle her journey after recently undergoing surgery to remove her foot after it was crushed when she was repairing her car. The videos range from serious to comical and it really made my afternoon watching her and hope it does the same for you.
I also want to discuss what we can learn from Christina and implement in our own lives.
The first video is of Christina building herself a prosthetic leg out of lego in a time lapse video. I think if she had gone for building a peg leg or had been able to build the ankle thicker than it might have been a little bit more sturdier, but it is cool none the less and hilarious watching Christina attempt to use her creation at the end.
I would then recommend checking out the rest of her videos, you can follow her journey from having a crushed foot infected by necrosis (warning this video is very graphic), to her deciding and having her amputation and then her adapting to only having one foot and learning to walk again. There are a range of interesting topics covered from phantom limb sensations to devotees and Christina’s intellect and personality shine through in each video.
Two lessons we can learn
Don’t dwell on the past
I often make mistakes and regret decisions with the benefit of hindsight, some of these decisions are small like ordering a burger instead of a hotdog and these are easy to forget. Others can be larger like going out for a drive and crashing your car.
It is easy to think what if. What if I had been more careful, or chosen a different route or gone in a friends car. But you can’t change the past and therefore there is no point spending time regretting decisions you have made and the things that have happened to you. You need to draw a line under the event and move on.
Don’t take life too seriously
I like watching Catherine’s videos because she has a great sense of humour, her amputee tattoo, her jokes and her lego leg all show she can have a laugh about her situation. Humour is a great way of dealing with what life throws at you. Laugh when something embarrassing happens, be silly and don’t take yourself too seriously. Find opportunities to poke fun at yourself and have a laugh with your friends.
Have a great sunday! Share any links that have made you smile this week in the comments below.