Here is a blurry still photo taken of my son competing for the first time in Creative Forms. What you are seeing in the photo is his response to a tumble gone wrong. He meant to do a front flip and land on his feet. Instead he landed on his bottom. At that point he had to make a decision. My son landed, pulled himself into what you see – a seated tuck. He looked up, nodded his head then jumped up, fixed his gi and made it look like it was part of his routine.
I don’t know if I would have been that composed. I am not sure if he and I are cut from the same mold. I do know that he surprised me with his ability to overcome the fall with fierceness.
Whether it be a physical fall, mental fall or emotional fall – can you get up with fierceness? Or do you let the fall keep you down?
What do you do when you fall?