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It took me this long to open my mouth again… so much about that working mode! No, honestly, my Gym isn’t open yet, and I must get this out.

We had an interesting meeting with my good friends yesterday. We were talking about, how could we make the FightBack go international, and my good friend told us, that he had received one kinda negative response, as he shared documentary teaser. I don’t know the exact words, but it went somehow like this: “Why should I feel pity, for some rich white kid, who has crashed in a SKIING accident?”

This made me thinking about pity. And about, how I don’t want to be pitied! The fact that I overshot the kicker and almost died, was my own fault. NOBODY forced me to jump! I wanted to jump myself! The blast of wind was just one of multiple possible, unlikely… hazards that I dealt with. The possibility of things going down like they did, might’ve been very tiny, but I survived, after all! When things went as wrong, as they did… it was really a miracle! I’m so grateful. This is what I want to share with ALL of You, my love for life! And that it’s definitely worth to fight for.

I want to share positivity, the love for life and all that. I can keep on improving day by day, and I will also learn to speak more fluently. Thank God my speech is already understandable. I want to share my story and make everyone to see, how you can get through hard times, and still love life. I’m not bitter. Being bitted would only be negative. Instead I love positivity, I’m happy and I want you all to be happy too! LET’S BE HAPPY! ;)

This was a long day and I’m shaking! I need to get rid of that. But I stand with the smile! :)

I have spent the last few weeks in the working mode. I put myself here already over two months ago, but I made myself visible to the day light almost all the time, though… Now, then again, I want to concentrate in this. CONCENTRATE? ME??!

Last Thursday morning was one, that I really liked! Woke up 5 am, light breakfast, Elixia 6 am - 8 am (they let me to use the big halls for the VASA practices!), breakfast to a presentation at 9 o'clock at Turun Messukeskus!

Last Thursday morning was one, that I really liked! Woke up 5 am, light breakfast, Elixia 6 am – 8 am (they let me to use the big halls for the VASA practices!), breakfast to a presentation at 9 o’clock at Turun Messukeskus!

I’ve accepted a few working gigs in the rest of the month, but I promise to do my best in keeping my concentration. I’m not traveling to any too inconvenient locations = I can practice 2 x 2 hours, every day. Except the most of the Sundays…  I will tell you what do I do in those practicing sessions, later, but for now I’ll just tell you this: I’ve improved! Shouldn’t it be enough…? ;)

I was quite sharp last time, as I should've been sleeping on the ball for 20 minutes! This stretches basically my whole frontside... and hurts my left shoulder. Not so much anymore, though... :)

I was quite sharp last time, as I should’ve been sleeping on the ball for 20 minutes! This stretches basically my whole frontside… and hurts my left shoulder. Not so much anymore, though… :)

I will try to focus in the VASA Concept as dutifully, as possible now. You may hear some news considering the New Run documentary soon, but for now, I’m out!

P. S. Happy Mother’s Day!

To every mother, but especially my own Mother! Love you.

To every mother, but especially my own Mother! Love you. Even though we look like fools in this one…

 

 

I’m really stoked on the teaser my man Miikka made. I’m afraid though, that I’m not the right person to talk about it. The director Miikka, then again seems to be. At least, I really liked his thoughts:

 

It’s already 5 years since the day my friend Pekka Hyysalo crashed in our freeski shortfilm shoot in Ylläs, Finland. I was a few hundred meters away from the landing and saw everything through my camera monitor.

It’s been a long way for Pekka but also a long way for all the other people involved the events in Ylläs that spring. I have to thank all the people who helped us with the situation back there on the slopes. Thank you AjPetri,AarniIisakkiOskariJussiMattiTuomasOlli-pekkaAnttiIisko & others that I can’t remember now!

The reason I started to work on the documentary is quite simple. I had the story in my mind already but Pekka contacted me about it and then it started to happen. My motivation to do this documentary is to tell Pekka’s story. It is so powerful and his determination is so strong that I’m confident that the documentary will inspire and push other people as well. I hope we can help people in hard situations not to give up. This documentary is also important to me and I’m quite sure to all the people who were in Ylläs slope that day.

I’m really thankful for all the people who have shared, liked, viewed and donated already to push the message and the teaser. If you feel like it share this teaser and the link to our crowdfunding campaign http://mesenaatti.me/en/NewRun/.

Thank you!

 

Miikka doing what he does best.

Miikka doing what he does best. 

ps. We really would need your help. For the time being the teaser has been viewed over 300000 times! but I’d like to remind that, we can not finish the documentary if we don’t reach our goal.

Hello to everyone! Yesterday I returned from an emotionally very hard-, glad- and certainly a very awesome of a trip! I’m still blown away… I’m just going to give you a very simple, short version of my trip: Last Thursday I flew to Kuusamo and went to my ex. in laws’, stayed there until Saturday, when we started filming the documentary about, my injury and my rehabilitation process, New Run there. On Saturday we drove to Rovaniemi, where I staid until Monday. Then we drove to Ylläs… to spend the five year anniversary of my survival.

We went to train, to a very familiar location to us with AJ in Kuusamo. In this athletic center we spent countless hours back in the days!

We went to practice VASA concept, to a very familiar location to us with AJ in Kuusamo. In this athletic center we spent countless hours back in the days!

Crawling in an other very familiar location...

Crawling in an other very familiar location…

 

I got a dear friend, Jani Johansen, in whose cellar I'm balancing at. I'm trying to be a Buddha! ;)

I got a new, dear friend, Jani Johansen, in whose cellar I was trying to be a Buddha! ;)

 

Some may think it should’ve been a sad day for me, but I disagree. On 28.04.2010 – my life changed, forever. My life before that day, was the dream, for me, but to have gotten another change, a New Run in life, is something I will cherish even more than the dream.

This is one of the spots I remember the best, the river crossing spot! Emotional.

This is one of the spots I remember the best, the river crossing spot! I was emotional, 5 years, but still smiling! ;)

What I’m going to share with you now, is something we need your help in. You all know that, we’ve been already filming for a documentary. I just told you, again! ;) It’s going to be a great one, I know it. Especially if, we get to do it like we want it, without any restrictions… this would mean that, we wouldn’t get any major financiers. We believe that YOU all, could be willing to throw in some sum of money, to see the final documentary! No matter how big or small of a sum, but together we can do this!

I’m going to link you to the website, where you can help us. http://mesenaatti.me/en/newrun/ (You can see a video there, too!)

Thank you!

Täältä pesee! Suomeksi, sillä ulkomaalaiset eivät ymmärrä tekstin aihetta. Tai no… eivät ymmärrä biisin sanoja!

Saanen kertoa teille tarinan, jonka juuret juontuvat Helsingin Olympia Stadionille, viime kesäisenä iltana. Tuona iltana stadikan otti haltuunsa Robin Packalen, turkulainen nuori artisti, jolle halusin lahjoittaa FightBack riipuksen. Lahjoitin riipuksen ennen keikkaa, Robin piti siitä, sovimme tekevämme vielä joskus jotain yhdessä ja ystävystyimme. Vierähtää puoli vuotta…

Ajelemme Sappeelle, jossa tuomaroin Finnish Open laskukisaa, kun Robin soittaa ja kysyy jotain tähän tyyliin: “Sovittiin kesällä et tehdään jotain yhdessä, miltä kuulostaa? Olisko mitenkään mahdollista, että sä haluisit tulla kuvaamaan musa-videoo meidän kanssa? Sen biisin nimi, on Kipinän Hetki, ja sulla leiskuu silmissä sellainen kipinä, et huhhu…” Olin todella otettu, tietysti, sekä ilmoitin Robinille että hänen oma toimintansa on niin mahtavaa, että oksat pois!

Sovimme kuitenkin alustavat kuvauspäivämäärät, jotka pitivät, ja tulos on tässä! BOOMBOMB!!!

I have been dreaming about someone doing a song of the FightBack. About how uncertain everything really is, how anything can happen, but most importantly, how you can always Fight Back! The song shouldn’t be just about me, or my story. My story is just an example, my Fight Back from the TBI (traumatic brain injury) isn’t anything new, or spectacular… but I am willing to continue my life after being injured. And I am standing up, helping everybody to see how awesomely things really are in our life!

She's the Voice of Finland! And he's Michael Monroe. I may be the tallest... but I felt like a small boy in that company! So many compliments of Michael...

She’s the Voice of Finland! And he’s Michael Monroe. I may be the tallest… but I felt like a small boy in that company! +So many compliments of Michael…

I was watching the finals of ‘The Voice of Finland’ on Friday, and it made me to dream again. “We need The Voice for the Fight Back!” My friends Robin Packalen and Elastinen kind of took care of it already in Finland, with their new single “Kipinän hetki”. It wasn’t specifically about the FightBack… but I love the message of the song. It speaks about throwing yourself completely into whatever’s important to you. That’s something respectable.  I want to do everything in my life with that attitude. I love the song. 

The Voice of Finland!

The Voice of Finland!

I’m writing this post in English, even though the song is in Finnish… It’s because I see the need for FightBack pretty much everywhere. FightBack for me, stands for so many things. It stands for everything in my life, but I’m relating it to everything else all the time, too. What is important in fighting Back, is to be able to throw yourself ALL IN, to whatever it is you’re doing. And I feel like music would be a perfect way to spread the FightBack message. How you can get through almost anything with the right attitude.

We need that. I voted at the Finnish elections today, and I believe that Finland must go all in as well. I wish the parliament all the best! Congrats, you deserve to be there!

                   Vote! <-------------------------------------

Vote!
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Everyone knows what I’m talking about, everyone has most likely envied someone else once, but being jealous for wrong things… sucks. This is in no way a personal matter for me, cause being jealous for a TBI survivor, is not that common. And anyways, it’d be really hard for me to take anyone else’s jealousy seriously cause, I mean, come on; I have had to face challenges, which nobody would like to face. The path on which I’ve put myself onto is a rough one, and no one should be jealous for me, but neither should anyone pity me. I am the one who took this road years ago, and I am the one dealing with the consequences.

This in coming up now, cause today I met a friend, who has to deal with jealousy on a daily basis, Robin Packalen. We went for a lunch and among everything nicer we were talking about, this topic came up. I can understand what people envy in Robin, he’s a handsome young, very nice and a humble fella with a golden voice, everyone should want to be like that. But what I can’t realize, is why can’t we be happy for each other’s success?! 

When something is given to you for free, something you don’t respect at all, even though it’s very good for you, I can understand why people hate on that. But Robin on the other hand, has had to work for everything he has. He does almost everything himself. The thing I really like in his attitude though, is that his career is in no way a burden for him, I’m not sure it’s even a job! He just lives his dream, loves it and just happens to be kicking ass in it. Let’s let the boy, and everyone else alike, enjoy their success. I will.

I never thought I'd even fit in a micro car! Robin gave me a ride home though, and I fit in easily! :D

I never thought I’d even fit in a micro car! Robin gave me a ride home though, and I fit in easily. THIS called for a selfie! 

We ate our lunch at Pure Foodin, and we also made a gentlemen's trade; Robin's album, for a beanie and Taivas ja Helvetti book!

We ate our lunch at Pure Foodin, and we also made a gentlemen’s trade; Robin’s album 16 Stadion Deluxe, for a beanie and Taivas ja Helvetti book!

It takes a lot of Sisu to stay inside repeating the boring movements, but at the end... it'll pay off! I trust in

It takes a lot of Sisu to stay inside repeating the boring movements, but at the end… it’ll pay off! If I’ll put enough effort into this rehab, I might be able to do a couple of more miracles. I see the light.

Saturday was the Half Pipe championship day, and it was beautiful!

On Saturday, it was bright.  The Half Pipe Finnish championships went off, and I loved it!

 

I was happy.

I was happy to get to be out in the sunshine.

The sun is shining and finally, I’m bathing in the light. This feels warm, and great! And no, I’m not really talking about those sun rays… I’m talking about the Fight Back of my own. I have been practicing the VASA Concept for over one month now, and now I can already see some major improvements!

 

I will tell you more about that later, but right now I will share a video of my skiing YESTERDAY! I was at Ruka this weekend judging the Finnish Freeski Championships, and simultaneously training the VASA Concept daily. On Sunday though, I went skiing myself and it felt great! Just a bit over month of VASA Consept and this kind of improvement, in skiing! I have known, how should’ve I done everything (walking, skiing, talking etc…) for years now, but now I seem to be getting able to send the signals to my body, too!

Bluebird sky, a good meal and everything else going superb, too... make me look like this! :)

Bluebird sky, a good meal and the best ski day in years! make me look like this! :)

 

 

 

 

Kevät on tullut, ja olen päässyt viettämään sitä Rukalle! :P

Ruka eilen illalla.

Ruka eilen illalla.

Tämän Rukan reissuni tarkoitus on tuomaroida Slope Stylen ja Half Pipen SM-kisat, mutta yksistään karkeloissa mukana olo tuntuu mahtavalta. Rukan rinteet ovat melkolailla lumisemmat kuin kotipuolessa, Ruka Suites toimii majapaikkanamme ja tämä on mielestäni täydellinen majapaikka! Vaikka rinteet ovat vain kivenheiton päässä, en ole edes jaksanut käydä vielä laskettelemassa…

-JAKSANUT, MITÄ – MINÄ?!

Minä eilen illalla.

Eilen illalla tein tätä ja näytin peukkuja.

Uusi kuntoutusmenetelmä jota kokeilen, VASA Konsepti, vie n. neljä tuntia päivästäni… joka päivä! Liikkeet eivät ehkä ole fyysisesti raskaimpia, mutta koska joudun keskittymään jokaiseen sataprosenttisesti, olen väsynyt. Niin väsynyt, etten edes viitsi mennä mäkeen. Tulen käymään vielä mäessä tämän reissun aikana, mutta juuri nyt minulle tärkeintä on saada itseni mahdollisimman hyvään kuntoon. En tahdo lasketella väkisin, sillä tiedän, kuinka siistiä laskettelu on, ollessani hyvässä kunnossa. Ja se, etten ole ollut kunnossa, jossa voin nauttia laskemisesta täysillä ei ole mahtavaa. Tahdon elämäni olevan mahtavaa ja olen valmis tekemään mahtavuuden eteen töitä.

Minä tänä aamuna!

Tämän aamun työni (liike 3/13…)

Pikkuveljeni Jaakko päätti tulla näyttämään, kuinka helppoja harjoitukseni todellisuudessa ovat...

Pikkuveljeni Jaakko päätti tulla näyttämään, kuinka helppoja harjoitukseni todellisuudessa ovat…

Nykyisen ammattini; joidenkin FightBack brändin asioiden, puheiden, tv-ohjelmien, radio haastattelujen ym, ym… hoitaminen on rankkaa. Harjoittaessani laskettelua ammatikseni, treenatessani, matkustaessani ym. luulin työni olevan paitsi mahtavaa, myös melko raskasta…

Olin väärässä.

Nykyinen elämäni, ammattini, kuntoutus, ym. ovat raskaita. Elämäni on ajoittain jopa rankkaa. Vaikka harjoituksissa ei nostetakaan valtavia painoja, voivat ne olla rankkoja. Jotkut harjoituksista voivat näyttää todella kevyiltä, tuntua jopa tylsiltä, mutta juuri ne harjoitukset ovat mielestäni raskaimpia. En tahdo edes yrittää selittää, kuinka raskasta on elää elämää, jossa kaikki kehosi osat eivät vastaa aivojesi antamiin käskyihin… vaan tahdon korjata asian. 

 

Tämä on Mikkelistä… Fight Back - tarinani jakaminen, saa minut näin iloiseksi.

Tämä on Mikkelistä… Fight Back – tarinani jakaminen, saa minut näin iloiseksi.

Vierailimme loppuviikosta isovanhempieni luona Savitaipaleella. Ei näiden teräs- iso-äidin, ja isän välissä voi kuin hymyillä!

Vierailimme loppuviikosta isovanhempieni luona Savitaipaleella. Ei tämän teräs- iso-äidin, ja -isän välissä voi kuin hymyillä!

Osa teistä voi muistaa minun maininneen jotain, jostain Intialaisesta “VASA Konseptista”.  Se on Rajul Vasan kehittämä fysioterapia?muoto (vaikutusten pitäisi olla melko kokonaisvaltaiset…), joka on peräisin Intiasta. Olen saanut ohjeeni suoraan Rajulilta, internetin välityksellä, ja huomannut ensimmäiset hoidon vaikutukset. Tuntuu aika hölmöltä käyttää sanaa “hoito” jostain, jonka eteen itse hikoilet n. 24 h, joka viikko… mutta jos tämä auttaa minua, minä hikoilen minkä jaksan. 

Treenasin Savitaipaleella 8-kertaa, tämä kuva on Hilton Kalastajatorpalta aamu-treenieni jälkeen.

Treenasin Savitaipaleella 8-kertaa, tämä kuva on Hilton Kalastajatorpalta aamu-treenieni jälkeen.

Tämä hoito kestää noin 3 kuukautta, joka on erittäin lyhyt aika suuressa kuvassa, kuin töyssy. Tämän 3 kk jälkeen lupaan kertoa teille, onko hoidosta ollut apua, pääsenkö laskettelemaan töyssyn jälkeistä alamäkeä. Olen toki jo nyt, noin 3 vko treenauksen jälkeen huomannut positiivisia vaikutuksia, mutta ne jäävät toivottavasti lopulta vain murto-osiksi vaikutuksista. Tämä kolme kuukautta tulee olemaan, ehkäpä kuntoutukseni, jopa koko elämäni työntäyteisimmät, mutta tämä on työni. Fight Back. Työtä ei suinkaan kevennä se, että reissaan ympäri Suomea kertomassa tarinaani… mutta se antaa minulle voimaa tehdä työ! Teidän tukenne, on arvokasta.

Lauantaina vierailin Verkkokauppa.com:issa, kertomassa unelmistani… :)

Lauantaina vierailin Verkkokauppa.com:issa, kertomassa unelmistani… :)

Inspiroiduin kirjoittamaan tämän postauksen suomeksi, sillä Etelä Savon Sanomissa ilmestyi eilen ehkäpä paras stoori, joka minusta on kirjoitettu, ikinä. Ainakin omasta mielestäni… Toimittaja onnistui ilmeisesti lukemaan ajatukseni.  Linkki:http://www.lansi-savo.fi/uutiset/lahella/kuoleman-lahella-kaynyt-entinen-freestyle-laskija-pekka-hyysalo-haluan-levittaa

PS.Koko postauksen ydin:S. Eämämme on töyssyjä täynnä. Vain sillä on väliä, miten me ylitämme töyssymme. Tämä töyssy, on minun itseni valitsema, ja vaikka ylämäki on jyrkkä ja raskas, odotan jo pitkää ja leppoisaa alamäkeäni.