Life Changes in an Instant

How many of us have prepared for something for a long time to have it thrown out the window in an instant?  Maybe it was an exam we were preparing for, a career, a vacation, or even one of those goals you wanted to check off the “To-Do” list.  An overwhelming feeling of disappointment and shame may have coursed through our bodies in slow motion as the vision of what was a possibility drifts away. We have probably all had one of these moments and so did Derek Redmond in the 1992 Olympics.

Derek was favoured to be a winner at the 400 meter sprint in the 1992 Olympics.  Running was something he was devoted to since he was born.  About 150 meters into the race his right hamstring snapped and he fell to the ground writhing in pain.  During this moment he had a decision to make: stay down, or get back up.  He got up.  As he was hobbling towards the finish line his father jumped the fence and pushed past the security guards to assist his son to the finish line.

Take a look at the video below:

We can learn three things from this incident:

1) Life Happens: We go through life preparing, and planning.  Some of us have flow charts, different plans for situations, but ultimately it doesn’t matter since we can only plan our actions but not the results.  We need to keep in the back of our minds that whatever we do we must accept that it can be undone.

2) It’s not about preventing the fall, it’s about standing back up: When the life changing incident happens we have two choices: stay down or get back up.  Derek was not going to finish first, but he was determined to finish.  We had a talk about momentum a while ago and how it applies to ups and downs in life and our fitness journey and it certainly applies in these instances; use these times to build more momentum in life.

3) Support: Derek’s father jumped from the rafters towards his son and began supporting him towards the finish line and as he crossed, the crowd gave him a standing ovation.  No matter the struggle, people are around and are willing to help.  Whether it is someone lending a shoulder to someone that is wounded, or the support of a crowd from the stands, we are never alone.  Much like Derek, we need to be willing to accept the shoulder of the person who is willing to help us.

As a holistic health company, Blitz Conditioning has been honoured to assist many people in getting back up and helping them along their way in all manners.

About Chris Tse

I’m a scientist turned owner of Blitz Conditioning, a Fitness Columnist at CBC Radio on Thursdays at 8:20 am, and owner of Tse Social Strategy. Follow me on Twitter or Read my full bio.

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