"oh, my therapist said 'I was a mess!'" with an apologetic laugh. meaning that her back and shoulder muscles needed a lot of work to approach normal. (and I'm not even going to address why a therapist would ever tell someone they are a "mess." that's a whole different post!)
"It's like a brick in there!"
"My hip is always in pain, I can't walk so far."
"I can't go to your house, it's too far of a drive and my low back pain flares when I'm in the car that long."
"I'm going to need surgery someday for my arthritic hip."
Are you your story? are you limited by your belief about yourself, the story you tell?
Perhaps changing your story can help you make a change in how you feel!
Perhaps recognizing that pain is just communication, pain is your mind and body's attempt to tell you something needs to change, can open the door to change.
Perhaps if you focus on the change needed, the desire to feel better, move better, the change in that direction will begin.
First you've got to want it and imagine it, then you might move toward it. If you never imagine that you can be better, how will you be better? Rather than thinking your muscle is a like a brick (because it is not like a brick) think of that muscle as overworked, needing a chance to let go, imagine it softening, allow it, give it a chance. Be open to change. Be compassionate and caring towards that overworked muscle/body part, towards your overworked muscle/body part.
Open your mind to the possibilities! I suppose one still might need surgery for the arthritic hip someday, I'm not saying that is never a necessity, but in my life and in my body, I prefer to focus on the thought that I can make a change. You can change your story. It doesn't have to always be the same. Stories have ups and downs. They change. We change.
What is your story? How can you change your story?