Our involvement in wars that have exposed our forces to a high volume of IEDs and land mines have seen an uncommonly large amount of young men and women coming home with horrifically debilitating injuries. They face an uncertain future where they have to start again in every respect. The mental strength and courage this takes is hard to imagine. And within the boundaries of our own meagre experiences we can only touch on what these amazing guys have to endure each day in order to keep progressing in their lives.
About 10 years ago I was involved in a road traffic accident while on duty with the Army. The accident left me with crippling crush injuries to my leg at the hip and a two year period of rehabilitation that saw me struggling to walk properly and living in constant pain. I experienced roughly five years of problems associated with the injury and even to this day I have to deal with the pain and the restrictions that it puts on my performance. Does this mean I think I can appreciate what it is like to lose a limb? No of course not, I can’t even begin to know that loss or understand the kind of resilience it takes to move forward and keep moving forward from that.
I do know what it means to have to fight for my fitness though. And I do know what it is like to have to start from scratch when I had once taken my strength and fitness for granted. I know what it is to face set back after set back and to fight through pain when it hurts so much you can’t eat or sleep for days on end but to still find the strength from somewhere to climb on my bike or haul weights. I attribute a huge amount of my own fighting spirit and will to carry on to those who truly inspire me; the men and women who are no longer able to fight for their country but are now fighting for their selves.
When I watch the videos of our wounded soldiers fighting to hold onto and get back to their strong independent selves it moves me to stay focused and determined. No matter how bad you feel, no matter how tired, fed up or unmotivated you feel. No matter how much of a struggle it seems to be or how hard you are finding it. There is someone out there making it happen. Making the difference to themselves. And believing in them selves.
So if you are sitting on your sofa reading this and thinking that you don’t have that kind of strength or determination then think on this….
‘If you think you can, or you think you can’t. You’re right.’
Your future is in your hands.
Be your best!!