Adversity is defined as a difficulty or misfortune.
Life inevitably hands people a dose of it and we all handle those situations differently. As somebody part of the adaptive community people often say they are inspired or motivated by the way I have overcome the many adversities in my life and while I appreciate that, reality is; a life with adversity is all I know.
How we choose to tackle these adversities are what set people apart. From the moment I was put on this planet it was no secret that my life was not going to come with clear instructions and as I faced challenges I would have to make a choice. Do I sit around and feel sorry for myself because life isn’t always easy? Or do I use these adversities as fuel to create opportunity? To me this has always been a no brainer.
Life is going to be hard, but through struggle comes success and with success comes immense pride. As athletes you may walk into the box one day and have to adapt due to an unforeseen circumstance. My hope as your coach is this; if that were to happen, you would walk in with your head held high knowing that even though you might have to scale the workout or change your movement pattern you will leave the box having learned something new. With each workout you are given a new opportunity to learn so, if adversity is thrown into the mix we should treat it no differently than the day before.
I asked several of your fellow athletes what it meant to them to overcome adversity and this is what they had to say:
“I am always impressed with how people handle a problem. Regardless of process, finding a way to better his situation not causing harm to others is commendable.”(Robby Johnston)
“Over coming adversity is never easy, but we should always try to embrace challenges. Never shy away from a challenge if it present self never know what you’ll be able to learn from it.” (Armando Martin)
“To me overcoming adversity means moving on from a hardship or misfortune that occurred in your life” (Codi Reinhart)
“To me adversity is what makes us grow. Overcoming it means finding the gift in the challenge and focusing on that as a means to move through it. The view is the gift that helps me climb the mountain.” (Clare Cady)
Adversity is as natural as the change of season. It’s going to happen, but in the end we are better because of it. Facing adversity no matter how big or small can change people for the better. We just have to make a conscious effort to allow the change to happen.
That’s all I have for now,
Until next time!