I recently read Tsunami Kids; not only was the book an inspiration and beautiful testament to humanity, but it also helped me to reflect on resilience. Rob and Paul, the authors’ of Tsunami Kids, have faced many challenges in their lives and throughout their book reflect on how they overcame these.
“People often want to know how we coped in the immediate aftermath of the tsunami and how we managed to move on. I’ve always felt that our parents have been there all along. The skills and maturity they gave us guided us. For me, after the wave hit, I felt that all the training, skills and knowledge that Mum and Dad gave us over the years kicked in.” pg 167
So what are the skills and knowledge that Rob and Paul refer to? I believe they come in 3 categories:
- Sport – taught them focus, drive and served as a very good distraction when they needed some time away from reality. I think sport is one of the most basic ways in which you can boost yourself. Physical activity can boost many of your “happy” hormones and if you like team sports they are also social and help to build relationships.
- Perspective – growing up abroad exposed them to many things including the fragility of human life and the reality of poverty. I believe that perspective can help you to realise what you have, rather than focus on what you haven’t got; it reminds us of what is really important in life. Often we become trapped in our own mindset but perspective can free us and challenge us to look at things differently.
- Helping others – during their childhood they were encouraged to help others. I believe that helping others can be one of the greatest ways in which to build your own self worth, esteem and confidence. If you can make a difference to someone else then you have purpose and this is extremely empowering.
Rob and Paul have inspired me and reminded me that we as humans have the ability to overcome great challenges. It isn’t easy but if you are looking for ways to overcome your own challenges I encourage you to try: sport; perspective; helping others.
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