We’ve all heard the quote “Comparison is the thief of joy” and I’m sure most of us are guilty of comparing ourself to others at some stage.
What about comparing ourselves with ourselves?
Ok, stay with me…
It’s always tough when you are focused on your training/goals and bam! injury strikes(or life gets in the way!) and things have to take a new path for a while.
Goals need to be reassessed and patience needs to be developed.(I’m working on that). Usually when injury happens, recovery and rehab follows and unfortunately so does loss of fitness. Its hard not to dwell on being ‘back to square one’. You feel all those fitness goals you worked hard on are now lost and you compare your current state to back then.
This is where it becomes ‘easy’ to give up. This is where I believe the fighter is made. This is where mental strength comes in. Sure, your physical strength may be down for a while but don’t forget the lessons you have learnt. You have earned that knowledge and its invaluable. Your mind is stronger. Unbreakable in fact, It knows what you’ve achieved, it has felt exactly what you are capable of and it knows about your never give up attitude.
That shit ain’t going anywhere. Listen to it.
Appreciate your mind along with your body. Not compared to what you use to be able to do, or what others can do. Celebrate NOW, progress not perfection.
You can always more forward , it’s just the how that may need tweaking along the way.
Maybe your journey is going to be tougher, harder, thrown more challenges than perhaps others..or sorry what you think others are dealt. Never fall into the trap of thinking you know someone else’s life just by looking at their social media profile. Maybe our struggles along the way, maybe they help us get through things that are thrown at us another day..as cliche as it sounds, maybe it does make us stronger.
Let your story be defined more about the resilient person who you became when you got back up again. Let it read that she worked hard, was authentic, strong & always a fighter.
Believe in that person.