Olivia “Coady” is soon to take on her most difficult challenge to date. Former International and two time League and Grand Championship winning rugby player Olivia understands what hard work and dedication are but this challenge is pushing her boundaries.
On Sunday 1st October Coady will swim 3.8km, cycle 180km and run 42.2 as she competes in the Taiwan Iron Race, this is her story…
“He who has a Why to live for can bear almost any How” – Victor Frankl
Prisoner 119,104 survived three years in Nazi prison camps during which he lost his wife, his parents and a lifetime’s worth of research.
In “Mans Search for Meaning” Frankl explores what saw him through these dark times when many others simply gave up the will to fight. He admits there was still luck involved, exactly only 1 in 26 prisoners survived, but as we all know sometimes we create our own luck.
If life was easy, we would all be rich with 6 packs, we would all graduate with top grades and be offered the best jobs with amazing wellbeing programs with personal trainers and so much holiday time we struggle to use it up. But alas, Â life isn’t easy, setbacks are a regular event but what surprises me is how underprepared we are to handle them.
- You don’t, they will tell you within 5 minutes of meeting them.
Vegans get a lot of bad press. I jest with my opening comment above as for most vegans you wouldn’t be aware of the animal loving, lentil eating side of them unless you had to sit down and eat a meal with them in which case you would know within minutes of trying to find a suitable meal.
My monkey mind tells me that I was better off teaching, it tells me I earned a good wage and could provide for Adrienne (my wife) and live a comfortable lifestyle. My monkey mind tells me I don’t need to go to the gym, I’m fit enough, go easy on yourself and grab a coffee and cake, my monkey mind tells me I should check in on facebook more often to see if people have interacted with me and liked my posts, as that always makes me feel popular.
Olivia Coady, for years, has been terrorising her opponents on the rugby pitch. As the captain of Valley RFC, she has juggled full-time teaching with training and fitness and has been rewarded with the Hong Kong League and Cup title for three unbeaten seasons. You would have thought that at the end of the season she may rest and recover ready for next year but instead, Olivia has decided to challenge herself and sign up for the Taiwan Ironman.
These thoughts have been on my mind for some time, being happy seems to be a big part of life for many people, #YOLO right? But to what extent does chasing happiness actually contribute to our personal well-being and does the fact we are chasing anything contradict ‘living for the moment’? I discuss this below.
Welcome to my wellbeing month. A chance to share habits, tools and routines alongside developing knowledge, understanding and perhaps challenging existing beliefs in a safe environment. It’s not my intention to tell you what wellbeing is, that’s personal to you. You may not even know what wellbeing means to you and that’s okay, let me support you in an exploration of you and your environment and perhaps one month from now ‘we’ may be in a better place, maybe.