Honest Words About the Grind of Staying On Top in Board Sports
In this day of social media ho-brah who ha, where everyone is trying to showcase their appearance as their best and strongest, it’s refreshing to see a little humility from one of the worlds best snowboarders with one of the worlds best names: Antti Autti. He opens up on his website about feeling burnt out and recognizing that instead of pushing himself too far, which inevitably leads to injury or depression.
From organizing events, jumping to meetings and writing tons of emails It felt like I’ve had become professional athlete/entrepreneur and that really started to affect me. I was not tired physically but mentally I was not feeling myself. I’d wake up cranky in the mornings and just wanted to run in the woods because I felt anxious about the stuff I needed to do at home.
The weight of having a lot of things on your plate becomes even heavier when your partner is more tired than you are. My lovely Ella had just a few months earlier lost her mother and recently she had decided to take a break of everything to rest and sorrow with time. That’s very proud. These acts of kindness towards yourself are easily overlooked In this world where we’re living nowadays. Everything needs to happen fast and things change all the time. Giving yourself time when you need it can be looked as a sign of weakness whereas, in fact, it is much braver than just keep on going without thinking about the feelings you’re dealing with.
I’m that kind of person. it’s much easier for me to be on top of the sharp-edged mountain than talk about everyday feelings at home. After all, I’m from the Arctic Circle goddammit! I do it with Sisu, not with feelings! This is the way of northern men from Finland. Sisu is in our DNA but the skill to talk about our feelings might be locked tightly in some underground facility near the Russian border. This summer was really the first time in my life when I realised that it was ok to let myself be tired. There is nothing wrong to feel shitty once in a while.
I’ve always thought of myself as an energized person who can keep going like a Duracell bunny. After last season, however, I started to feel the signs that I might be hitting the wall soon. Check the link in my bio about what was going on & let me know if you've ever experienced similar things? 📷 @teemuheljo | @closersnow | #snowboarding #shortfilm #aizuwakamatsu #japow #haglofs #getcloser #shredoptics #comeshredwithus #koruashapes #madeforturning #minttours #blog #closersnow