What matters most

By Fiona B

As you can see from our new year’s resolutions, we all have goals and targets that we’ve set to improve our training. This is obviously a good thing, if you don’t try hard, you aren’t going to progress. Sadly, you don’t just wake up one day and get magically good at parkour (I know, I’ve tried). It takes hard work and a commitment to focus on areas you aren’t good at. However, while it’s good to be aware of where your weakness lie, I think it’s important not to get too focused on what you’re not good at. I am guilty of often confusing being realistic about my training with being pessimistic and end up being too hard on myself. It’s important to take a moment to remember all the things you are good at and look at how far you’ve come in your training.
I’m not the only one who forgets this. Too often I talk to people about their training and am saddened to hear how much they put themselves down about their abilities, especially since I know they’re better than they seem to think. Being surrounded by talented, strong people, it’s easy to always compare yourself to others and forget that you’re pretty amazing too. Lots of people are too afraid to even try parkour. When I first started parkour, I couldn’t do proper push ups or climb ups. While objectively I might not be the strongest person, or have the biggest jump, I have come pretty far from when I first started. There’s lots more things I need to improve on in my training, and it is important to be aware of these things, however it’s good to be proud of what I’ve achieved so far.
So don’t get too sad if your training stalls, if you’ve been trying to break an elusive jump since forever, or if it feels like everyone else around you is better than you at everything. Remember, you’re pretty amazing too! Think about everything you’ve done, smile, then get out there and have fun training. Because that, at the end of the day, is what matters most.