My personal story has always been about perseverance and always getting up when I fall. Maybe I’m not Olympic champion, but I can teach the world about that. — Jeremy Abbott
I’ve been fighting a cold for the past few weeks, so my writing schedule has had to take second place to seeing my clients and doing family things. Maybe you should be grateful for that, because that meant that you didn’t get bombarded by Olympic-inspired posts. I have a weakness for the Olympics.
But you’re not getting away completely free. In case you’re not as Olympic obsessed as me (at my house we even watch curling), American skater Jeremy Abbott had an incredibly hard fall at the beginning of his short program. It appeared that he landed on his ribs and hip and then slammed into the side of the rink. No one expected him to get up. They certainly didn’t expect him to get up and skate the rest of his program flawlessly.
Now, I certainly couldn’t have recovered like that from the fall he took (but I couldn’t have executed the jump that he fell on, either, so it’s a moot point). But I do know a little something about getting up when you fall. It is what we do in therapy every day–we look for ways to get back up after life has bruised you and knocked you to the ground.
What I saw and admired in Jeremy Abbott wasn’t his athletic skills. It wasn’t the things that make him elite. Instead, what I saw and admired in Jeremy Abbot was that inner strength that kept him moving forward, even in the face of physical pain and the loss of his Olympic dreams.
I don’t know your story. I don’t know what has hurt you, or what dreams you’ve lost. But I believe that, with a little support, we can all choose to get up when we fall. Maybe we have to start by just moving into a sitting position. It’s okay to take it slow. It’s okay to go gradually. But I believe we can all get up.
Need help with that? You know where to find me.