Journal — July 22, 2013 4:17 pm

Parkour Journal #4: About giving up

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Giving up is one of the most popular impulses a beginning traceur can have when it comes to obstacles in their training, or life for that matter. In my last journal post I talked about training alone, and it appears that nobody is treasuring this type of training. Everyone wants to train with their friends, or in large groups.

Giving up Parkour

If you train for long enough, you will see some people give up around you. The more time passes by, you will feel like generations have come and passed while you’re the only one remaining. That, if you didn’t give up yet.

This switch happens because Parkour has different meanings for every person. Everybody uses it for different purposes. Some use it as a way to escape the problems in their life, some use it as a sport or weekend cardio session. When it has served the intended purpose, they move on. They decide to go towards the next thing that will give them that feeling of novelty.

Sticking to Parkour

And you’re still there. Still training, trying to evolve in this ever changing movement. Many have found themselves training alone for so long they have forgotten how it feels to train in a group. Some, may have never trained in a group.

So it’s easy to give up. Much easier than it is to continue alone, where you get no feedback aside from the concrete walls you’re using as obstacles. I thought about it myself; many times. Looking back at the beginnings, I can still remember faces of people that taught me, that I haven’t seen in years. As more people stop to take newer and probably less provocative sports of life choices, you might feel obligated to do so yourself. You feel like you need to make that decision, the one that says that you’re too old for Parkour. Time to move on.

You’d be thinking maybe it’s time to stop training Parkour

Many think this way, and many do give up. But you’d be dead wrong to think this way too. It would be insane to stop just because you’re a few years older, or just because your knees aren’t in such good shape. Check out this 47 year old free runner that drops from 20 feet and just shakes it off. The whole reason why you started was because you felt trapped. You probably felt like you could do more; be more. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how many injuries you’ve had. You can still move.

The one thing that Parkour should have taught you is to never give up. Never make your life easy. In your comfort zone, nothing hurts you. But nothing amazes you either. You live in a box where everything you know is everything you see.

Maybe the worst injuries are not the ones that damage you physically, but the ones that rip you apart from the thing that made you whole.

Don’t live in a box. Live outside it.

4 Comments

  • wow so impressive.
    Once I though its written for me!
    I’m just a beginner and I’m good at PK (well, I think so!) but in FR I’m not good (sometimes it makes me disappointed) and for FR its not possible to do it alone.
    Thanks A lot.

  • Great article… I’m not considering quitting or anything, but I’ve been a little discouraged with a recent injury and being really busy with schoolwork. Very inspiring article.

  • This is a good article. I had friends that were super excited when they heard about Parkour and Freerunning, and so was I. (and I still love it) They did it for a couple weeks and got enough of it, because they weren’t making any progress. Now I am alone with my hobby, and my friends do something else. Usually I am training alone in school on breaks. I have a friend that does Parkour, but he is getting bored. I wish they wouldn’t give up just because they don’t make ultimate progress in days.

    • Hi, thanks for sharing. In Parkour and/or Free running your own journey is the most important thing. So try to keep that in mind every day. Eventually you will become better, faster, stronger; and at one point you will become “the one that never gave up” for all your friends, who will use you to reference their own history with Parkour.

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