Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
It’s normal to be in a “fog” for days or even weeks after a Vancouver motorcycle accident.
It takes time to process scary and traumatic events—particularly events accompanied by serious physical and emotional trauma. So odds are good that you're caught right now in a vortex of inaction. What’s worse, you may be, in many respects, still living in the past. Many of your thoughts will flow along the lines of the following:
- “How and when can I get back to my work?”
- “Who's going to repair my bike?”
- “When's my life going to get back to normal again?”
- “How long do I have to stay in the hospital and keep taking these medications?”
The theme is obvious—you want to return to a happier/better/healthier time in the past. That “past” might have been just a few days or weeks ago, so it still feels like the present.
But for many people, it might as well be a world away.
Getting stuck with this past-based thinking could be damaging in two regards.
1. It prevents you from seeing your present reality as accurately as possible.
Careful observation of the present is one of the keys to the kingdom.
2. It prevents you from looking for shortcuts to meet your needs in resourceful ways.
Here's an example. Maybe you suffered a brain injury, and you may not be able to return to your old job for weeks or months, if ever.
(Scary stuff, but it could be true!)
If you live in denial of this reality, you may set overly high expectations and wind up depressed.
But if you acknowledge this possibility, you might find other ways to meet your needs to be productive and earn money. For instance, maybe you used to work a very physical job that you can no longer do safely, due to your brain injury. But you might be able to do a desk job in your industry and thus leverage your skills in a new way.
When you focus on correctly observing reality, you'll be far more likely to find that “shortcut” than you otherwise would be.
You also need objective help. That you really can’t do on your own. Fortunately, the team at McComb Witten is standing by to help you. We situate you for best results and an optimal recovery.
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