Finding Your Luck

Finding Your Luck

By | 2018-07-02T17:36:32-04:00 June 8th, 2018|Road to Recovery, SHA-NANIGANS®|

Have you ever looked around and realized how lucky you are? Sometimes this is a difficult thing to do because as humans we all fall into a rut here and there. And whenever that happens and the lights start to dim or go dark, so do our moods. But if you can take a step back, and appreciate all of the good that surrounds you, even at your lows, you start to notice that there’s always way more good than bad. I try to commit to this practice at least once a week. And let me tell you, it was a bit challenging for me to find my “luck” this week.

This past Sunday, I was scheduled to run in the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. This would have been the third half I would have completed in four months, a feat that I’ve always wanted to do. This year felt special. I was in the right headspace, I brought the “me” back to me. I had the right support team backing me up and encouraging me every step of the way and I had the spiritual motivation of April being the anniversary of my brother Sean’s passing, as well as the recent passing of my father. Unfortunately due to an unforeseen injury, I had to pull myself out of the race. I was diagnosed with a Peroneal Muscle region strain. One of the main causes for this type of strain is overuse and is found normally in long distance runners.

I would be lying if I didn’t say I was completely devastated! My entire family was flying out to San Diego to support me and I couldn’t help but feel I was letting down my TEAM. This would have been the first time that my kids were seeing California and I knew they were both extremely looking forward to it.

As soon as I was able to take a step back and think, “it’s just a strain, it could be way worse” was when I realized all of the things I can call my “luck.” I’m a healthy woman, I have a great family, and I have an amazing tribe of supporters. Instead of dwelling in the negativity, I reorganized the situation with the help of my team.

I was able to switch my half marathon weekend in San Diego to an unforgettable LA experience with my family, which in the long run, was definitely the better option for my crew.

I got to take the kids through Beverly Hills and walk the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. I was lucky enough to score tickets to iHeartRadio’s Wango Tango concert. I spent the day being wheeled around in a wheelchair at Universal Studios Hollywood and then hit Santa MonicaPier for the latest insta-worthy hotspot pop-up, Candytopia.

With all of these things, I can’t help but to think that everything happens for a reason. I know I’m lucky, I just have to remind myself every once in a while.

About the Author:

Shannon Russo-Pollack (SHA) is the Founder of DASHA® and powerhouse behind the DASHA brand. SHA strategically works with medical, wellness and lifestyle professionals who have a like minded philosophy of total body health and well-being. Using her entrepreneur skills, healthy lifestyle and passion for fitness to inspire others.