Be Careful What You Wish For

Today was track and field day at my school. The grade 7 and 8 students were running events. Most of these students had no idea how to do the event which they were running.

I used to do track back in the day. So I took it upon myself to instruct the students on the proper way of doing these events. Some might think I’m just a big kid, but I like to have fun at school. The kids also like to see teachers active and involved. So, I actually did the events.

High jump was my sport in middle school. That was umpteen years ago. Silly me thought I could easily get back into the swing of my favourite track event. My first attempt was horrible. I hit the bar. But, I tried it again. I managed to get some successful jumps and I instructed the students on the proper technique.

On my 7th jump, approximately, I raised the bar to 5 feet. I cleared the bar with ease and landed on my back as you are supposed to. This is when I discovered that the mat wasn’t regulation. I only landed half on the mat.

I’m not exactly sure what happened, but I knew something was wrong almost immediately. I tried to walk it off, but I could not ignore the pain in my shoulders and neck.

I had to leave the school to go to a clinic and get it checked out. I actually had x-rays done. I should get the results back tomorrow.

Right now I’m still in a lot of pain. I think I got whiplash because my head didn’t land properly on the mat. The funny thing about all of this is that I had expressed a desire to take tomorrow off. I have a lot of sick days owed to me that I will never use. Things have been a little frustrating the past week or so I was planning on taking tomorrow off anyway.

Well the joke’s on me. I now have tomorrow off. But I will be in pain recovering from this injury and won’t enjoy my day. I guess it’s an example of be careful what you wish for.