It’s human nature to crave both praise and pity. They are opposite ends of the same continuum—the need to be noticed (i.e., loved).
A few days ago at the coffee shop a lady commented on my sling. Not that she was impressed; she’s had 17 surgeries and counting.
Yesterday I compared my post-op pics with some shoulder surgery photos from Lance Armstrong’s book, Comeback 2.0:
Ah, perspective. Celebrating victories and crying over injuries are fine. as long as we keep the volume at the appropriate level.