It all started when...
I hurt my back during a weight training session at a ladies only gym when I was 21. It happened while I was trying to put away a 45lbs heavy free weight, I all of a sudden felt this intense shooting pain in my lower lumbar. I knew instantly something wasn't right. All because I insisted on taking the heavy weight off, all so I could use the leg press machine, thinking I can lift this no problem, even though the weight was clearly way too heavy.
My stubbornness was unimaginable, and I was not self aware of my actual strength or lack there of, in order to avoid injuring myself. I was reactive, did things without thinking, rather than responding mindfully, slow and with ease. Reflecting back on that moment and who I was at the time, led me to hurt myself. My mindless, cocky and stubborn action lead to my herniating three discs in my lower lumbar (the L3, L4, L5 specifically), which I confirmed by an MRI 5 years post injury.
Immediately post injury, I was forced to take care as I had so much pain in my low back.