2016 was a hell of a good year. Yes, really. I started and finished my running year with a DNF in Portugal, Berlin and in Ardèche, I got injured after my race in Barcelona because I was too tempted to go for long runs in the mountains seven days after. I had to cancel not one, not two but three races – one was my highlight of the year. And last, but not least, I didn’t get the qualifying points to attempt CCC in 2017.
But still. 2016 was a hell of an amazing year, and I couldn’t find better words, than this quote from Kyle Schmidt to help me emphasize this.
This past year has been something else… it’s opened my eyes to many things and many people. It’s had its ups and downs and ins and outs. And I believe we’ve all been able to take something from that and grow in our own imparticular ways. We’ve overcome obstacles, and set in motion opportunities that can change our own individual lives. – Kyle Schmidt.
When everyone talks about how 2016 was a hell of a bad and difficult year, and how people feel an urgent need to slip into 2017, I feel like living on another planet.
2016, a year of learnings…
Today, you are running. On the street, on the trails, up and down the mountains. Maybe you enjoy hiking too. What matters is that you keep moving on your two feet.
When we have setbacks, we tend to be held in time, sent back from where we started, not able to move forward. But we tend to forget the beauty we have in life after being able to love, which is our ability to choose. We’re almost 7.5 billion people on this planet and still I believe we face two types of individuals in life: the one who choose to see the glass half full and the one who see it half empty.
This year, and for the next to come, you can choose to see your setbacks as something bad, link negative emotions to it and keep whining. With the time that goes by, you might become a very negative person, always hit by destiny, becoming a spectator of your own future. Or you can choose to see these setbacks as an opportunity to learn, to take the energy of it as a drive to do things better and create opportunities to grow as a person. The only danger you encounter with this choice is to become, with time, an everlasting optimistic, someone who believe he/she can change the world. You actually might become a positive person people like to spend hours with.
There is a learning in every fall.
When looking at my 2016, I could have really shot myself, go into depression and just call it a year. I could have waited for this year to painfully pass by, being spectator instead of actor of my future. But in a way, not having my job anymore was the best thing that ever happened to me, my injury helped me reconsider my priorities and a new door didn’t wait for the end of 2016 to be opened.
Looking at my 2016 I feel grateful for the setbacks. I feel happier and changed, and why? Because since March 2015 I’ve decided to see my glass half full. Since then, I’ve been empowered by my thoughts and beliefs of seeing life and all what it brings with it as a gift. In 2016 I decided to learn a lot about myself and create the opportunity to be better the next time.
My dear Mover. Today, you are running on the street, on the trails, up and down that mountain and in life. You keep moving on your two feet. But sometimes, life is happening and you fall, you stop, you take an unplanned turn. A setback shouldn’t be an opportunity to make you fall. Rather should it be an opportunity to learn, and keep trying, keep doing new things. Do you remember when you were a child? How many times did you fall before you could run?
Choose growth instead of stagnation
Learning from your “setbacks” isn’t enough if you see those as fatality instead of using them as a catalyst for growth. After choosing to see your glass half-full in 2016, choose to create an opportunity to grow instead of stagnating. Remembering a heart beating, our life is a never-ending learning curve, with its knots and zigzags.
“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo
To give you a perfect example of learning without growing, look at my running year. After promising myself to never get injured again the last two years, I did outrun my body and got injured again in early 2016. And it isn’t before that day in November that I finally knew, what I needed to do, and suddenly made the jump and grew up.
My injury isn’t the only result of running too much. Too many things in my life pushed me to literally run away. Defining and confronting these “things” give me the strong feeling, that it won’t happen so easily again.
We tend to associate setbacks to failure. But why is a “setback” so negative? Because we tend to link negative emotions and feelings to it. Growing after every fall helps you to avoid situations that keep you away from these negative feelings, feeling that keep you away from being happy. So, while looking back at 2016, take the time to note what you did great, and what you will be doing better in 2017.
A hell of a good year
I may not have achieved all my goals in 2016, but I believe I achieved much more. My first ultra happened in the snow, I finished 4th woman at my second ultra in Barcelona, spent the most beautiful vacation in Cortina with awesome guys who really challenged me. I set myself free of negative elements, I stopped saying “I can’t do this” – not without the help from newly gained friends who are incredible persons – and last, but not least, I’ve become happy, hungry for more and an everlasting optimistic.
Of course, tears, laugh, pain, joy were involved in 2016. I cried of joy in Barcelona. In Portugal, I felt a big disappointment toward myself. After I DNF, I cried all the tears my broken body retained. But 2016 was also a year of relief. And despite all the mess I still have to clear in my life, it’s the first time in these years, that I really feel ok with myself. And that is what matters most.
My dear Mover. I hope 2016 has been a great year for you, and that even if you don’t feel that way, I could give you a little kick to see the good in all the events you went through. I hope you feel as happy and as ecstatic as I am about the year that is ending as well as the year that is coming.
My dear Mover. Never stop questioning the universe, life, the world, the wrong and the good. If you’re not content with what life brings you, never stop shooting for the moon until you’re truly happy. But don’t forget, that in the end, happiness is in you and it’s up to you to find a way to experience and live it fully.
I am curious. Please share in the comment below how you feel about your year. I’ll be happy to discuss it with you.
Have great last 2016 days with your loved ones.
Sending some Love.
© Cover picture by the one and only Stephan Wieser