I can’t believe it’s been 10 years this month since I tore my ACL – I remember it like it was yesterday.

My buddies and I had just gotten home from a weekend road trip down to Baltimore to watch an Orioles game and we were playing in a basketball game at the local YMCA.

We were on a fast break, I caught the ball underneath the basket, their center came flying over the top of me, and as I stopped quick to go up for a lay up, my knee fully extended into the court, and I felt it pop.

There wasn’t any pain, I didn’t drop to the ground, but I definitely felt that something was off.

I got fouled on the play, shot my foul shots, and kept playing. It wasn’t until the second half of the game when it happened again. Driving through the middle of the paint, I went to push off my right leg, my knee went one way and I went the other.

In that moment, I knew something was wrong. It was a week before heading off to college and I knew that things were about to change.

Doctor’s appointments, MRIs, surgery. Switching schools, a year of rehab, no college sports.

At the time, I was devastated and in my 18 year old mind couldn’t comprehend why it happened.

Fast forward, I’m overcome with joy and in my 28 year old mind know exactly why it happened.

It was a turning point.

A turning point full of personal growth & self realization.

One that formed lifelong relationships & friendships.

And led to incredible opportunities, experiences, & more.

In the midst of the storm, certain experiences in our lives can seem insurmountable. It’s easy to live within these experiences and to feel like what is happening now is going to last forever.

Although tearing an ACL in the grand scheme of life isn’t that big of a deal, we all have experiences that cause us pain and frustration.

No matter how big or small the experience may be, if you feel like you are currently “in the midst of the storm” and the light at the end of the tunnel is nowhere to be seen, know that you are not alone. You have the power within to keep pushing forward and breakthrough. And when you do, you may just look back 10 years from now and realize that it was actually a positive turning point for you.