Since I started my fitness journey or life transformaton or whatever you want to call it, I have read an enormous number of books and articles, watched thousands of You Tube videos and documentaries and TV programmes and listened to hours and hours of podcasts and audio books on health, fitness, nutrition, self improvement, psychology, running, lifting, Crossfit, triathlon and myriad related and tangential topics. I have learned an awful lot, and I have discovered a lot of truly amazing people who have inspired me greatly. Some are athletes, some trainers, some Doctors, some normal people who have prevailed against enormous odds to turn their lives around after catastrophic setbacks.
I have been planning on doing a series of posts profiling some of the people I have come across who have inspired me. Not in a gushing fanboy way. It is not a list of sporting heroes (although some of them are sporting heroes). I have already written a few of them, and was debating which one to start off with, and then I saw this guy on the TV show SAS: Who Dares Wins.
For those of you outside of the UK or just unfamiliar with the programme, it is a series in which, over the course of several weeks, civilian ‘recruits’ are put through gruelling training by former Special Forces soldiers, and undergo rigourous physical and psychological challenges simulating the SAS selection process. Each week, the weakest contestants are eliminated until finally one emerges as the winner.
Danny Cross, who is shown in this video excerpt, was sadly withdrawn from the competition due to injury, which seems a very unjust turn of events in the light of the incredible resilience he shows. At first glance this may not seem to have a great deal to do with the main health and fitness thrust of this blog, but I think that it is exactly on message. It took a series of unexpected and dramatic shakeups to make me step up to the plate and actually take positive action to change my health and fitness, my outlook on life and the person I needed to be. The challenges I have faced pale into very small perspective compared to what this man has dealt with.
Sometimes in life, things will happen to us that completely change our entire world, often the blink of an eye and without any warning; things over which we have no control, that we can do nothing about. The one thing we do have control over, however; the one things that is always in our power, is how we react. In his famous book ‘Man’s search for meaning’, Viktor Frankl describes how he survived Auschwitz by holding on to this.
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way
Be warned, this clip is very emotional. I completely choked up while watching it. The strength and courage this man displays is remarkable.