MADDEN Not Just Lucky PHYSICAL THERAPY DISPELLING THE NOTION THAT LUCK DETERMINES SUCCESS
E very March, we don our greenest attire, enjoy a few drinks with friends, and toast to the luck of the Irish. While St. Patrick’s Day feeds into our wildest dreams of capturing a little luck for our future, the reality is that luck has little to do with our successes or failure. You dictate what happens with the actions you take every day. Of course, some things are beyond our control, but how we respond is more important than just letting it happen to us. It takes a lot of work to succeed and create a life for your family. People often see picture-perfect families and entrepreneurs on social media and feel a tinge of jealousy. Why can’t I have luck like that? Sure, some of it might be luck and the lot they were drawn in life, but we don’t see all the hard work that went into building a life like that. We don’t see the nights they didn’t go to bed because they were working on something big. We don’t see the missed holidays or soccer games they gave up so they could have freedom later. We don’t see the birthdays or weekends they worked through, pushing themselves for something better.
and earn a living for her family, despite the hand life had dealt her. It would have been easy for her to fall back on bad luck, blaming the
universe for the end of her marriage and the financial strain this put on her family. But she sacrificed so much
to make a life for us. Watching my parents, and especially my mother, work hard and persist despite the challenges they faced taught me such a valuable lesson as a kid. Today, I work hard because I want to pay off my student loans and create a great future for my family and myself. I know that if I work hard now, put in many hours, and make the sacrifices today, then I’ll be better off tomorrow. Sometimes it’s hard to see the big picture when you’re inundated in the daily grind, but it’s always powerful to look back and see how far we’ve come. I try to teach those lessons to my patients, too. As a patient, it may be hard for you to imagine life doesn’t involve a wee bit o’ luck. It’s easy to get lost in the mentality that you sustained bad luck and that’s why you’re injured or in pain. But you also have to remember how far you have come! Asking for help and seeking treatment from physical therapy are great first steps. After a few months, you may be more mobile than you were just weeks ago. You can overcome a lot just by starting.
Whenever I think of luck, I’m motivated by my parents.
My brothers and I grew up in a broken home. Our mother essentially raised us on her own. We would watch our mom get up every day, commute to work,
“Asking for help and seeking treatment from physical therapy are great first steps. After a fewmonths, you may be more mobile than you were just weeks ago. You can overcome a lot just by starting.”
You have the power to determine your luck, and it isn’t always easy. But it will always be worth it. You don’t need good luck. We’re here to help.
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