Many people say that winning is not the most important, they say the journey and courage to participate is more important.
I’m sorry, but I can’t agree with that.
There is just one goal in any kind of competition – to be on top.
The feel of a win after all sacrifices is priceless.
Nothing can beat that!
For some, my story is inspiring. For others, it is a lesson of life. For me, it is the story of my life.
I love competition and I love to compete.
Any kind of competition is a place where you will find out who has done the best job behind a closed door, there are no skipped reps or late evenings, you can’t fool, anyone there.
My dad put me on a motorbike at the age of 2.5 years. At age of 7, I was the top youngster in Europe.
At 10, I was the youngest amateur in Eastern Europe that had sponsorship from Suzuki.
Then I had a big spine injury that was a death sentence to motocross racing.
At 12, I went to ice hockey and at 16 I was in the yearbook as the best defenseman of the age.
After that, I got the chance to go back to racing motocross.
This time in quad motocross.
I got a sponsorship deal from Honda in the second year back on the bike.
After a year, I damaged my spine again while getting ready for the European Quadcross championships.
I got few TOP10 finishes and damaged my spine forcing me never to go back racing.
After all of this, I felt pretty empty and even tried MMA, which was not so bad, except that I had a glass chin and it is a no-no for that kind of sport.
Fast forward a few years and I got into a near-fatal car accident – had 27 surgeries in a 2.5-year span.
Lost muscles, bones, blood vessels, knee tissues on one leg, amputated another leg under the knee, don’t have triceps in the right arm, don’t have elbow bone in the right arm and have plates and screws in all of my body, and have partly movement on my right shoulder.
Fast forward I’m back in some kind of health and now I am Team Latvia paralympic academic rower.
Missed the chance to Paralympic games last week, but there’s still Paris in 2024.
There are chances all around in any situation.
I’ve never would even dream of the chance to go Olympics or now Paralympics, but in some bad situations, there can be great ones too.
You only need to have a goal and you will find a way to it.
My motto and advice to all who are reading this.
Never back down. Never ever back down.
If you can’t run in a direction to goal, then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, if you can’t crawl then lay down in direction of your goal and breath towards it and manifest it and if you do it enough sooner or later you’ll get there!
Remember you’re a beast and you can do it all!