Lifestyle support is, in many ways, a form of preparation for the unknown. How will we cope when things go wrong? What will we do with our lives when we retire from sport? But how do we prepare for things going wrong, without stressing about it or constantly fearing the unknown? How do we plan for the rainy day without becoming so scared of the rain that we don’t want to leave the house?
Planning for all eventualities needs to become a passive part of our being. We need to remember to always have a raincoat or umbrella in the bottom of our kitbags, without even thinking about the rain, or how a wet day might affect our performance. This comes with planning and practice.
But planning can only take care of so much, and for the days that even the best planning in the world couldn’t have prepared us for, we need to develop a sense of humor and acceptance. Beating ourselves up over something we couldn’t control won’t make things any better. There are times when we just need let go of the control and let the adrenalin take us through.
And don’t ever look back on the rainy days and regret not having taken the opportunity to splash about in the puddles. Because those are the days when the sun truly shines for us.