Kstar gives a valuable piece on how to maintain the ankle and surrounding area for a variety of needs/purposes; he namely hits on the effects relative to squatting. The best part about this video, though, is from :50 to 1:25. “Do you think that in 2.5 million years of evolution you evolved to have to have someone be able to fix your problems? No.” Let us be reasonable, you need a surgeon to mend broken tissue whether it be a broken leg, torn ACL, fractured wrist, heart surgery, etc. We could self-prevent some of these things early on like exercising and eating better to avoid the heart surgery or prepping ourself in terms of athletics to avoid those types of injuries, but that’s another can of worms and once it’s happened there may or may not be an ultimatum, i.e. fix what’s broken.
Avoiding these circumstances is the gem. Broaden the thinking. What can break? Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual qualities. Prepping to avoid those and practicing those qualities is the trick. Physically, we preach it every day. Get in the gym, hit it hard, learn how to move properly, and create a foundation for ourselves to avoid mishaps and get the most of our time, effort, blood, sweat, and tears.
What if I told you this extends to other sects of our life? Wrap your head around the mental piece, i.e. mental toughness. There’s something to be said about maintaining a healthy emotional state (crying when appropriate, screaming when necessary, laughing most of the time, and mourning when . . . well, when mourning has to be done), but the buck stops somewhere for that too. Is there such thing as being too emotional? I’m not really sure and I’d be willing to bet no two people answer that question identically. All the adjectives we assign hold different value and weight for the people that use them. Good, bad, right, wrong, healthy, unhealthy all mean different things depending on who they’re coming from. One thing is certain – there’s a line somewhere for all of them and everyone using them. That line might be more grey or black for those people, but it’s there.
Emotional example. I stubbed my toe and experienced physical pain. The pain is there, my nerves are sending a signal to my head, and I am uncomfortable. BUT, is it bad enough for me to dwell on it? Depends on the person. Next emotional example. I get stabbed in the leg. No serious damage is done, no major blood vessels or nerves are hit, it just really frickin’ hurts and I’m completely ok with screaming about it because my self control is a little out the window at this point. Same rules apply though. Some people would react to this worse than others. Some would rationalize “Man, this really hurts, but it’s just pain and I’m actually ok. I’m not losing blood fast enough to be overly concerned, I just need to stop the bleeding, most likely get some stitches, and wait for it to heal.” One might say this individual is tougher mentally or just deals with physical pain differently. The answer is not standard.
Maintaining those happenings is what we’re after. If you have damage to something and don’t plan on having it “fixed” by a source outside yourself, you may think it wise to have another plan of attack.
Stubbed toe. How’d you break the toe? Bad form? If yes, learn proper mechanics. No, it was an accident. Did it break? No. Stop whining. Did it break? Yes. Still stop whining because you can’t do shit for a broken toe besides let it heal.
Lost a loved one. We can’t prepare for that. Mourning is appropriate. But we also need to understand we cannot control the things of this world all the time.
Can’t squat correctly – Bad form? If yes, learn proper mechanics. No, it’s a mobility incapacitation. Fix your mobility.
Of course I rambled, hard, away from Kstar’s original concept, but I always try to drive it home. Take his idea that we should be able to maintain and fix a large percentage of our own problems and apply it everywhere you can. I’d like to be able to fix my own physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual brokenness. Call me old-fashioned or a loner of sorts. Here’s a dry, short, and most likely rude bit that I’ll use the “for lack of a better word” copout on: “The don’t be a bitch speech. It goes like this: Don’t be a bitch.”