Monday, November 2, 2009


So a couple of days after I last wrote here, I started experiencing these HORRIBLE pains in my right shoulder... and by horrible I mean I couldn't move my right arm or my right hand without feeling a blast of burning pain! As it turns out, I developed bursitis from the overuse of the shoulder - my guess is the overuse stemmed mostly from my wearing of heavy handbags strictly on my right shoulder. Until the pain I NEVER wore handbags on my left side.

After I was diagnosed, my doctor advised me to keep the shoulder iced, limit my use of my right arm as much as possible (hence the lack of blog postings lately... no unnecessary typing!) and - after the bursitis went away - start switching up the shoulders I use to wear my handbags. This advice got me thinking of how my limited way of living got landed me in the doctor's office in the first place...

Of course, it occurred to me before that I should probably start wearing my handbags on my left shoulder! Particularly after my first year of law school when I carried a huge laptop and heavy casebooks all on my right shoulder day in and day out - I just knew my right shoulder was never the same... but I did I stop? Nope. I kept going... stuck in my rut of right shoulder use.

The lesson: Limiting yourself means hurting yourself, especially if you live for too long with the limitation. I ended up with an inflamed bursa of the shoulder based on the way I limited my handbag use - and now an important aspect of my clothing style will be forever changed - for the better I suppose. What else has to hurt before I let go and truly live a life of freedom?

"Life has no limitations, except the ones you make." - Les Brown

Let me go find my ice pack.


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