Adversity Strikes


Adversity struck this morning as I went to go see my physical therapist for a checkup on how my knee is doing. I was not expecting the result I received. Life will life you. The meeting was mediocre at best, and from what she was saying, it sounds like I am going to have to have some sort of operation, again, to my knee. My inability to fully squat 6 months out, the potential of scar tissue in the outside of my knee pinching the nerve, awkward compensation in my foot and just general pain and swelling are all not good indicators of a healthy knee. Bah humbug.

Okay, so where am I mentally right now besides being absolutely exhausted and slightly upset that this is happening. Here are the positives. I have made substantial gains in my lifting, my overall fitness is fantastic and I am sitting at 190lbs right now. I feel great and overall things are fantastic. Churchill visions is lighting up (I hope you enjoy the picture underneath) and I couldn’t be happier with the people in my life right now.

Today is a day where I need to go back and read my own advice. There are a lot of times when things happen to me in my life where I do need someone to talk to and for someone to hear what I have to say. Sometimes, the best thing I can do is look into my own writing. I do not often look back at what I have written. I believe that when you truly believe the things that you put down on paper, the messages stick with you along the journey. It is about having faith in yourself and in your words. The Book of Eli, the movie with Denzel Washington is a fantastic movie that completely represents this thought.

Blind faith. Everything will be okay. You don’t have to see everything to believe in it. A lot of people translate this into a religious message, which is not what this blog is about…I wan’t to make that clear. My religious beliefs and my political beliefs do not belong here. First, God for me is a conversation that sticks incredibly close to the heart, and politics, good lord why even bother. I appreciate people contacting me and expressing their religious views to me. However, my own views will not make it in here because it becomes too much of a point of contention for people. So here, we will just be focusing on ourselves as people.

Take the cards you have been given and flip them. So right now I am focusing on the things I can do. I can continue my lifting, my ab work, and my focus on building my mental muscle every day. I feel much more prepared this time to go through this. I will know for certain on Friday what is actually going to happen.



If you are facing adversity today, face it, don’t run away from it.


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  • K.S. Ballou
    February 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Take care! I hope that you begin to heal fully and that your pain eases.

  • spokkeltjie
    February 8, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Hi Evan.

    Blind faith is all we have in this world to get us to tomorrow, the place where the sun will shine again
    The Book of Eli. Yes, yes, yes!

    Lastly, I don’t know the full story of your knee but my son has begged us to race MX since he was 5. At almost 15 he borrowed a bike and entered a race. He had a year of dreams.
    In the beginning of the 2010 season he tore the cartlidge and ACL in his left knee. Op. Physio and bio.

    Feb 2010 – 4th time back on his brand new Honda 250CRsomething and that same ACL tears in half.

    Anyway, it is now a year later and he had to write an essay (on this topic) but needed my help.

    And although I knew all along, for the first time I understood his pain.

    Not to waffle, good luck bro, may this mountain soon be a university of the past.

  • morezennow
    February 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    This rings true for me today. My first instinct is to always run but I’ve been standing my shaky ground. Thanks for the uplifting message. I hope all goes well for you!

  • Bella Remy Photography
    February 8, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    What tough news, Hopefully it’ll be an easier fix for you this time and you’ll heal quickly.

  • Martina New York
    February 9, 2012 at 5:16 am

    I am sorry to hear about your knee. I am about to have my third knee surgery myself, so I feel your pain there. Being troubled with your knees is definitely no fun. I hope things will start to get better for you soon, and I wish you the best!

  • UCTeja
    February 9, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Do not worry…. Everything will go alright… It’s just a matter of time before we reach there…

    Don’t lose your hope and your positive out-look…

    Get well soon…! 🙂

  • runnerchick26
    February 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    I can’t imagine dealing with an injury like that. Kudos for finding and holding onto your faith.

  • Danlrene ©2011
    February 10, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I Think we all have things that are not on our “dream list” …sorry to hear about your knee but love your attitude. 🙂

  • Geoff
    February 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Now that’s an attitude I aspire to have! All the best for your knee.