If there is a will, there is a way - Hannah McCook

If there is a will, there is a way - Hannah McCook

If Covid-19 has taught us anything, it should be to not take things for granted and fully embrace the concept of living in the moment. The whole population might now fully understand and be able to understand the word resilience.

The coronavirus pandemic has stopped us all in our tracks. Stopped us from working. Stopped us from seeing friends and family. Stopped us from taking part in sports. Stopped us from going to music concerts and the theatre. The list is endless. The need for resilience has never been greater.

Each and every one of us have dealt with setbacks. We have all needed to ask for and get help. However, this shouldn’t be a reason to give up, instead it can be used as a spark to ignite something even greater.

I myself have dealt with setbacks, which in turn I think have created the resilience I believe I possess. At the age of 8 I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. At the moment of diagnosis I thought my sporting career was over before it had even began. Did it stop me though? Of course not, it gave me a reason to try even harder. A low blood glucose level wasn’t going to stop me, a high blood glucose level wasn’t going to stop me, I just had to deal with things a little differently. Of course having a lifelong condition such as diabetes has its moments. It’s unprecedentedly hard at times, but I believe 100% it’s made me who I am.

Maybe diabetes has actually made me a stronger and more resilient person? In March 2021 I had hip surgery, as a professional golfer this wasn’t ideal, but it was needed to prolong my career and my general wellbeing. Has it been hard? Absolutely. But, I do believe that everything I’ve dealt with before has made me deal with this in a different way. Almost in a positive way, it’s given me time to mentally and physically reset, time to evaluate and time to look forward to what is to come. It has parallels to the impact of the pandemic in 2020. I had to find ways to practice and train during the lockdowns, something so many people have had to do. It also gave us time to stop and think.

People subconsciously sometimes overcome obstacles due to the resilience they possess, but I feel it is important to sit back and look at what you have achieved and how far you have come. Something I have gained real value in.

Everyone encounters setbacks, but it’s the way in dealing with them that’s important.

I always believe that ‘if there is a will, there is a way’.

Follow Hannah's journey on her website here - www.hannahmccookgolf.co.uk and on Instagram @hannahmccook29

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