Signature Strengths Journey – Jade Hodge (Year 11)

Personal Best – Jade Hodge (Year 11)

I am writing about my interpretation of our signature strength at Kirrawee high school of being resilient learners who work towards their personal best. Personally, this strength stands out to me due to some difficult obstacles I have had to persevere with recently. In 2018, on a typical Saturday morning I was doing what I loved and enjoyed, playing netball as a happy, healthy and social girl. Until I discovered I had torn my knee and will need surgery immediately. I was told it was going to be a simple operation, until a few weeks into my recovery my knee was not feeling right. It turns out my surgery had failed and I was going to have to undertake a second surgery. This recovery process haunted me. I felt isolated and alone, as I was not allowed to put any weight on my leg for 2 months. I felt angry, like why did this happen to me? I was unmotivated. I was bored. I have nothing to do and there was nothing I could do about it. Everything had been taken away from me. Such as the ability of independence, mobility, having a social life and my normal routine such as going to school.

Eventually, I began to return to my normal lifestyle however, something had changed within me. As when I began to regain each element of my life back, my mindset had shifted. I was so grateful to be able to basic things such as carry my own bag, be around my friends, go to school or being in the fresh air. Instead of focusing on what I didn’t have like I did during my recovery, I now focus on what I have and what I could have. Additionally, I slowly started to regain the ability to move, at first, I started with crutches, then I slowly could achieve more range in my knee. And finally, I could weight bare. Through this process I took one step at a time. I tried not to be too hard on myself and only do the best I could do. It was hard seeing other people recover around me at a quicker pace from similar injuries. However, I learnt to try MY best and do the best I could do. Through my difficult, eye-opening experience of my knee injury, I have learnt to give everything my best, no matter what it is as you never know where it may lead or who wishes they had the opportunity you had right now. I believe this signature strength for me is addressing for me no matter what life throws at you embrace it and make the most of it because you can. Now it may not always be easy, but it’s not impossible, all you have to do is try your best!

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