The life lesson I’ve learnt from my 14-year-old daughter
Recently a mate said “Bro, just got a new PB. I’ve been working on that for ages.” I gave a high five and a butt slap, and cheered as they rang the PB bell. What is ages? When you look at your athletic journey, do we measure our progress by weeks? By seasons? By the Opens? Our entire lives?
Whilst I was standing there cheering, I dazed off and my mind drifted down the rabbit hole. I started to think about my daughter. Amorangi, is an amazing person. Genetically gifted for strength sports, the mental attitude of a high performing athlete, and surrounded by an amazing community. All the factors she needs to excel.
For years, we watched our daughter progress through gymnastics. Years. She started when she was 4 years old.
We watched the motorbike landing position for safety. We watched L position holds, we watched hollow position, arch position, front support, tuck and many more foundations done over years and years.
We’ve watched her excel and go onto be a national level gymnast. Competing side by side with Olympians, and Commonwealth Games level athletes. (Side note: it will take something pretty special to top the pride I felt, watching Amorangi earn that spot).
And, we’ve also watched her fail. Falling off the balance beam when the entire stadium is watching you. Letting go of the pull up bar mid swing and being flung into the second bar, stomach first (that one hurt). We’ve seen her not advance a level and repeat an entire season (year) because the competencies were not met.
Now, I watch my daughter fly through the air doing amazing stunts. I still see those basic positions, they are faster and more dynamic now, but they are there.
The foundation of all of this progress: The Basics and time.
Too often in our sport of CrossFit, we get impatient and frustrated that the gainz don’t come fast enough (or what we perceive as fast enough). Its easy to to look at the PB board and see all the ink, with none next to your name and become frustrated.
If success, in either CrossFit or a life goal is something you really want to achieve, Be patient, Trust the process, Trust your coaches, Keep moving beautifully and focus on the basics.
I have a rolling joke in the Onramps that if someone doesn’t get the movement straight away I say “Don’t worry, we’ll work on it over the next ten years”. That is a joke, but with a serious amount of truth.
Be patient. Like Amorangi