Our individual journeys are not always smooth sailing and can become quite testing at times; in spite of less than desirable sea states we attempt to search for positive winds to remain afloat, however, as the journey becomes long and the seas continue to swell we risk filling our vessel with negative water and ultimately sinking.
I have personally struggled over the last few months and continue to do so. A niggling knee injury that not only prevents me from training to my full potential, but also aided in a less than desirable mental state on occasion. To add insult to injury I was forced to withdraw from the GNW100, as a result of not enough hours in the legs and in fear of becoming a liability on the trails during the event. As the weeks’ pass and my training remains sporadic, it is extremely hard to remain positive and not take on water. Although a 1st world problem compared to some, it has been enough to halt my forward progress not only on the trails but also in other areas of my life.
The one thing I have been able to draw on though is my persistent perseverance to not let this injury beat me. My goal of running 100 miles has been replaced by a goal of stringing together a solid week of pain free training, however the key is that I still have a goal and I still continue to sail forward. Don’t let negativity and self-doubt into your life as a result of things not being perfect. If things are perfect then embrace the smooth sailing, if things aren’t so good then respect the fact that in order for us to evolve we must be tested. Prove to yourself that you have what it takes to move forward in the face of defeat and earn the right to grow. Re-ignite the fire that drives you and do today what others wouldn’t in your situation.
My hope is for this message to find someone who may be taking on water and facing his or her own personal struggles at present. I want to reassure you that you are not alone, through perseverance and the will to succeed you will also be able to see these testing times through. Trust that you are exactly where you need to be; you are growing stronger every day and strive for that moment to embrace smooth sailing.
"If you find yourself taking on water, look for wind, and sail in a different direction."
- Johnathon Morrison