Hi you’ll, your resident MAMABOBS ‘ere.
Justification of our excuses for NOT doing something that makes us or those around us feel better, happier, healthier, stronger, fitter, has become a pastime for many. Almost a habit.
Again, I was sitting on my arse on a Sunday morning saying this is my day off so I sat and watched endless TV, whilst “catching up” on Facebook. Drank 2 coffees too many and told myself I was chilling out. 11.00am came and I realised what I had achieved, f**k all. I had missed the morning, the clear crisp air and the winter blue skies. Facebook then filled with images of friends out walking, running, marshalling, doing. I told myself that I had trained during the week (I have a couple of sporting events this year), had sorted my to-do list for Okhane related issues and actions, read up on my current courses and updated any coaching programs I am assisting people with. Sounded good in my head.
Now some would say that being able to achieve f**k all some days is a good thing. It’s a way of switching off, not me. I am one of those people who is buzzing, ticking, tapping all the time. I have this constant passion, desire, want inside me to do a little more. To test, push, explore and find new boundaries. I know that what I was doing this Sunday morning was totally unproductive in terms of my mind, body and soul.
Now the other side of all this is that it is exhausting. My sleep is restless and as I watch my lovely wife sleeping peacefully, I feel jealous of people that can just switch off. People that are just content.
This project, Okhane has been an idea in my head and heart for years and it was only after a number of personal events that I decided I would go for it. I knew I would have nothing but doubt and I was right. Every day, I would wake up and question myself: Can I do this? Am I the right person to do this? Should I give it to someone else cos I’ll just f**k it up?.
The answer to all of these and many more questions are simple, “get on with it! Keep going!” I still have a passion for what I hope we will give. I still love to try. I really don’t mind getting it wrong as long as I learn from it.
I needed a little inspiration.
So I searched around and found the following people in sport (below).
A quick read of people and groups who have achieved in the face of adversity is always humbling, amazing and awe-inspiring but I noticed I have started to compare. Started saying things like “your life is easy compared to others”. Great! More negative justification! So let’s just add guilt to the sh**ty mix!
So I re-read these stories with a different frame of mind, a better frame of mind, a more constructive frame of mind, “It Can Be Done, If You Want It To Happen”.
1) Nate Loomis was paralyzed below the waist in a 1998 bodysurfing accident. After his injury, Nate, who played lacrosse in high school, worried he would never have another opportunity to play a contact sport. Once Nate was introduced to wheelchair rugby, often called quad rugby, he immediately became hooked and joined a team. Described by his teammates as a warrior on the court, Nate says he’s more confident than ever and lives for the challenge and camaraderie the sport provides him.
2) The Long Island Bombers are a dedicated group of baseball enthusiasts and athletes from Long Island, NY. They just happen to be blind and visually impaired. The Bombers playbeep baseball, a modified version of traditional baseball that uses a beeping ball and buzzing bases to guide the players to score a run. The team shows us that no matter what obstacles are ahead, the ability to succeed lies within all of us.
3) One day in 1995, David Wagner broke his neck in a freak accident at the beach. His life was forever changed — paralyzed from the mid-chest down and with limited feeling in his hands, David started a rehab program which included playing table tennis. Realizing he had a special talent with a racquet, David began playing competitive tennis in 1999. David became the number 1-ranked quad wheelchair tennis player in the world, won 6 medals at the Paralympic Games (2 of them gold), and his first Grand Slam US Open win in 2010. Off the court, Wagner is a speaker to provide inspiration to other athletes and the disabled.
4) Athletes With Disabilities (AWD) Synchronized Swim is the first of its kind in the United States. The sport is more than mesmerizing, it is helping people with disabilities take their lives back. 15-year-old Raquel Boales was born with a birth injury which resulted in a disability called Erbs Palsy, she also struggles with ADHD. Raquel uses aquatics therapy which includes synchronized swimming for healing.
5) To NBA fans, Chris Herren looked like he had it all. Money, fame, and a gorgeous family. However, his life away from the bright lights of the NBA court was ridden with addiction to drugs and alcohol. In his efforts to prevent others from following the same tumultuous path he did, Chris created “The Herren Project“ a mission to increase awareness and addiction prevention.
6) Anthony Ianni was diagnosed with autism (PDD) at age 4. Anthony defied all odds by not only graduating high school but going on to graduate MSU with a degree in Sociology. While he was there, he was not only the first autistic person to play college basketball, but he was part of TWO Big Ten Championships and a Final Four. As if these successes weren’t enough, he now helps others live their dreams. On ‘The Relentless Tour with Anthony Ianni‘ he shares his story and helps stop bullying across the state of Michigan. He also helps and mentors the children at Kids On The Go, a camp for special needs kids.
7) Arianna Tanghe is the youngest sibling of two athletes and longed to experience the rush of crossing the finish line just like her brother and sister before her. There is just one complication, Arianna has Cerebral Palsy. This determined teen has never let her disability stop her despite blindness and her wheelchair restrictions. In 2012, Team Ari was formed, when Arianna’s mother, Kelli pushed Arianna in her first 5k race. By her 13th birthday, the power mother-daughter duo completed 13 half marathons! Today, the sky is the limit for Team Ari as they continue training for their first triathlon!
Keep at it! At least keep trying! Don’t be sh*t! There’s enough of that out there already! Be magnificent!
And, of course, here’s your f**king cat piccy.