If a Shark Bit Off Your Arm, Would You See Your Life as a Blessing?
April 26, 2011
The movie SoulSurfer tells the story of Bethany Hamilton, a teenage Hawaiian girl whose left arm was bitten off by a tiger shark. It is an inspirational story -- Bethany returned to surfing and eventually won a world championship.
Although traumatic events are painful and difficult, going through such an experience may induce psychological maturity and a new appreciation of life. Research has shown that people report psychological growth and positive changes following even highly stressful events.
According to Psychology Today:
"Research on posttraumatic growth has also shown that the experience of trauma may lead people into new activities, lifestyles, and/or relationships that make life more meaningful or satisfying … People also report a greater appreciation of the life they have, following trauma."
To get back into the surfing circuit, Hamilton maintains a vigorous fitness routine aimed at building strength and balance. Along with jogging and, of course, surfing, her fitness routine includes the Egoscue Method, a therapy technique that strengthens specific muscles to help realign your body, and the TRX Suspension Trainer, which pits body weight against gravity for a full-body workout.