The true story lies in the untold. All the glory and glamour of what is evident – captured by the cameras and the written eulogies – holds within itself a journey full of pitfalls, pain and predicament; the claustrophobic dark moments when we are unable to find our way out; those moments when our spirit feels broken and our will to rebuild ourselves and move forward lies lifeless and fallen. Moments that never make it to the headline, but are vital, nevertheless.

Spiritual gurus and life coaches will tell you that it is such dark moments which define our character. It is then the tough get going, they say. Our victory is not just a sum of all our efforts, but it also lies in our ability to put ourselves back together without losing hope and faith.

What is equally important is that we focus on how we take those steps towards rebuilding ourselves. How we sift through all the mental clutter that distracts us, confuses us and takes us away from our goals. Coaches and gurus again tell us that we let go of what is not in our control and identify what we can impact. The Greeks called it Stoicism, a school of thought that requires us to stay in the present, looking for ways to deal with issues at hand instead of being tormented by our past or being anxious of what is to come.

Mo Rahma shows us another way. A sportsman who has won many medals and awards for his performances, he is an inspiration for having embraced his debilitating health conditions in a manner that they no longer adversely impact his mental well-being. In the interview with Friday, the 34-year-old talks of using physical pain, tears of failure and fear of defeat, all that stems from his battle with Crohn’s disease to fuel his desire to prevail.

Mo proves victors are those who turn adversity into opportunity, medals or awards, notwithstanding.

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