All these things link together and make me, me.
On my right wrist, I have a tattoo—the symbol for “Hakuna Matata”, maybe you know these words from The Lion King movie, translating to “No Worries” in Swahili. For me it’s a reminder, a permanent symbol in a location I see every day to enjoy life, to go with the flow, to not stress, to adjust, and to smile.
There has been many occasions in life, in racing and in training where I have seen this mark and been able to breathe through whatever is happening in these moments. It serves as a reminder that it’s okay for things to not go to plan; doesn’t matter, just enjoy it. No worries.
My training outlook is similar. I love to set a plan, I love to write lists but I am OK with not ticking all the boxes. If something feels wrong, it’s okay to stop. I have been in this sport since I was 15 years old and now I am 21 I finally feel the balance. The internal pressure to complete the training day after day is there but not strict, the external pressure is there but not a heavy weight that I hold; it’s a reminder of where I am and people helping me strive to be my best. In training, you have to be able to to enjoy life, to go with the flow, to not stress, to adjust, and to smile otherwise it’s not a sustainable routine and you’re doing yourself more harm than good for both your body and your mind. No worries.
Training and life for me are together as one. I am currently choosing to follow my passion and travel the world with my running; I am not professional—I am merely on my 4th year of my gap year, collecting memories not things. With this lifestyle, again you have to enjoy life, to go with the flow, to not stress, to adjust, and to smile through the good and the bad. The travelling is amazing but it comes with delays, the training is beautiful but it comes with hard sessions and the people you meet are amazing but it comes with haters. But that’s just it. I have learnt and inked by body with a timely reminder that that’s the life I have chosen and “you can’t have the rainbow without the rain”. We have choices, we can make the best of the bad and we can strive to be out best every day; weather that be in training, racing or life. No worries.
I hope this inspires you to take on challenges; life fuller, train stronger, be better but always remember that if today’s not the day, that’s OK.
There are plenty of days. Enjoy life, go with the flow, not stress, adjust, and smile
Hakuna Matata friends, for the rest of your days!