How it feels being on the other side of the world, in the snow, far away from important people in your life... This weekend didn't go according to plan, but I know I'm not alone in that feeling.
This is the strongest I've been physically and mentally, and yet again I'm left feeling like it was "all for nothing" as I didn't get to display any of my hard work.
At the same time I recognise that the growth still took place. No one else may have seen it, but I know it to be true.
The external validation of doing well in a competition is great, but it's always been about the inner game - your own intrinsic validation knowing how hard you worked to get there, and for once I'm satisfied with what I put in, even if the outcome was still totally unsatisfying.
This is where I'm at in a lot of areas of my life right now. I'm happy with my efforts and my inputs, but I'm just not seeing or feeling the results on the other side.
All I can do is trust the process. Trust that if I keep doing the right things, eventually the external perception will match my internal reality.
There's always something positive to gain, something to learn, no matter how down you might be feeling in the moment.
Look for the lesson, and find the positive.
Thanks to everyone that shared in this experience with me, even if it was as simple as sending a few words of support before and/or after my run, it is greatly appreciated
This sport is bringing together the best in the world, and the future is very bright if we maintain the values that make this Ninja thing so special - friendship, community, integrity, passion, support, humility, friendly competition, positivity, and inclusivity, just to name a few.
If we stray from the values that connect us, we're no longer serving the community as best we can.
For all the pros (or any Ninja) feeling hurt or angry, just remember that this a chance to lead and set a good example for other Ninjas who might be feeling down. Show them how a real Ninja deals with adversity and negativity.
Be a force for good, Ninjas ️ - 1 hour ago