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Motus Retrospective

As the year comes to a close and we find ourselves reminiscing about jumps gone by, it’s important to look at how we’ve changed over the course of this year and years passed. With reflection comes clarity and awareness of our mistakes and successes, and so I posed a question to the Motus athletes. If there was something you could impart to your younger self, a pearl of wisdom for parkour or life, what would it be? Here are the answers I received.

Travis- “Patience and consistency.”

I think when I was younger, I was a bit eager to get onto the scene, and become really good and become the best I can be. As I got older and matured I realized if I was patient with myself, good things would come of it. To achieve that, I needed to be consistent, or I tried to be. I’m still working on that now, like training consistently, posting on Instagram, doing my weekly YouTube uploads, you know? And then just waiting, well not really waiting, but letting it happen and being patient. So patience and consistency I think. 

Rachel- “Don’t let anyone undermine your achievements.”

Basically I had a lot of outside negativity when I was starting out and it made me want to quit. But if I hadn’t ignored it and carried on then I wouldn’t be where I am today. I struggled a lot when I was added to Motus and even now as I'd always had my achievements undermined; I felt like I didn't deserve it and I believed the ‘you only got it cause you’re a girl’ comments.  I feel like this is similarly relevant in most parkour athletes lives as they continue to train parkour and progress they will achieve new things and not necessarily get the reaction they hoped for from friends, many people associate it with likes and views on Instagram or their family that tell them that parkour is stupid and won’t get them anywhere. to that I say, ‘Who cares?’ Only you know how hard you really worked for something, and you should be proud of yourself! Yes validation from others can feel nice, but it shouldn’t be the motivation for your training. Don’t let other people make excuses for your hard work either! You know how hard you worked for it, they don’t!

Ethan- “Don’t stress about what others think.”

If there was anything I would tell my younger self, it would be to not worry about what anyone judging you has to say. Pursue your passions and don’t stress about what others think.

Kelan- “I don’t think people should mess around with time travel.”

Okay this is a hard question. This won’t be parkour related. I wouldn’t change my parkour journey for the world and I'm extremely grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given. It was my own little puzzle to work out. (As silly as that sounds.) Ok, The first few things seem pretty dark but they mean well too. First, you are always alone! Sounds dramatic I know but when I was little I was so scared of being left alone. Like I would fully panic! Now I'm actually most comfortable alone. I love it. But I find being with people uncomfortable sometimes so I guess things just switched haha. What helps is realizing I’m actually on my own all the time. Even when I’m with people. I can imagine my younger self being more freaked out if I said it like this, so I'd probably tell him to walk into the forest or sit at the bottom of the garden and abuse his imagination and mental drive while its still so strong. Which brings me to my second point. Keep your child-mind safe! Keep playing and live in the now. Explore and be curious. I’m only 21 but I feel my child mind is suffering and slightly disappearing. (So dramatic haha!) Of course everyone needs to mature or whatever but it's more the fact that I get lazy. When I was a kid, I’d have an idea and in seconds I’d be trying it. Whether it’s learning something new, going somewhere or meeting with friends. Over time I’ve realized normal things become scary and alien. It’s like my child-mind saw everything so simply. Now I seem to overthink everything. So I’d say - protect that mind of yours! (Whatever that means) Don’t listen to anyone who tells you to grow up. But don’t be rude about it.  Oh and don’t tell anyone you are protecting it. Just do it. Could be a bad idea haha. Maybe It’s the other way round, I might need advice from my younger self. But would I actually want to tell my younger self anything? I don’t think people should mess around with time travel. What if my younger self acts in weird and horrible ways after being told such things.  Maybe I should just warn him about Covid and see what he does with that information hahaha.

Marx- “Embrace hardships in life, without them you will never really appreciate the good things.”

I just mean embracing basic things like it raining hard when you’ve forgotten an umbrella haha, going to the gym when you don’t want to, losing your phone. But obviously there’s bigger things like people dying, losing your job or a break up. But ultimately these discomforts, pain and losses give you a better perspective on life and help you appreciate what you do have and how you can grow stronger. So when it rains, I tell myself, embrace the hardship, it’s good for you. And you can create hardship when you are lacking it, by doing things that are hard and make you feel uncomfortable. This in my opinion, is one of the keys to optimal mental health.

Max- “You don’t always need a plan, sometimes you just need to breathe. Trust. And see what happens.”

To be honest, this one is hard to answer as I really don’t think I have many prominent regrets throughout the past 20 years of my life. I think all the things I have come to learn were all learnt and integrated into my life at the right time. I think the fact that a lot of the principles that I live by now and that keep my mind at peace were learnt over time give them the strength and meaning that they need. So I don’t know if I would choose to impart any information to my younger self prematurely. I’m sure I could remember a time in my life where I was feeling lost, upset or even did something stupid and immature and would’ve appreciated some support and knowledge from my older self.  But at the moment, all I would tell my younger self is; 

- Do more cardio even if you think you don’t need to, your older self will appreciate it. 

- Maybe experiment a bit less with drugs as it will bring you a bit of unneeded discomfort at times. 

- Demand parents to get you lessons to learn an instrument and keep at it!  -

And I would remind myself... “You don’t always need a plan, sometimes you just need to breathe. Trust. And see what happens.”

 

2021 is nearing its end and a new year lies ahead. As a community, let's take stock of this fleeting year, and approach the new with clarity and a better understanding of ourselves. As necessary as reflection is, it’s only useful when you apply those lessons moving forward. So on behalf of everyone here at Motus, here’s to moving forward. Cheers.

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