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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.

The spring is here, already! I might try to give you a boring lecture of, how it’s too early for the spring, and how our winter really sucked, but instead… I won’t even bother! Instead, I’m concentrating on enjoying the sunshine, as long as it lasts…

On my rehab side, I’ve been quite busy with the VASA Concept. It feels really beneficial although,  I’ve been way too tired to notice any evolvement, yet! 2 hours of hardcore sweating every morning + 2h of easier exercises every evening. That’s my life for 3 months now… but I’m sure it’ll pay off!

On the other news… last Friday, I was on a secret mission with a Finnish pop star, named Robin Packalen. We were in Helsinki, and we jogged around so much, that Robin managed to pay off the guilt of neglecting the first FightBack Run last year! The weather was so great, that you could really see our eyes sparkling, just because it was so great to run!

It was… EPIC!

It was… EPIC!

I participated on the Sisu2015 gala on Saturday, where I gave one of the best Keynote speeches of my life so far. Of that speech, I’m very happy… and even proud! This is a post I should be written in Finnish, but since pretty much every Finnish citizen knows, what Sisu is all about… this is in English. I want to spread the message of Sisu, and this obligates me to write the post understandably for everyone! And I write the most of my posts in English anyways, so THIS one, should be very international. 

“Sisu is the knowledge deep inside that it is fulfilling and worthwhile to do the hard, seemingly impossible things. When you use your sisu, you draw upon powerful forces that show up only when you choose to face challenges head on.” -Mark Tuominen, one of our sisu family members

You may find a lot of information about Sisu on the internet, so I won’t bother trying to specifically explain Sisu to you. I guess people have found my fighting back quite full of Sisu… and that’s why was I chosen as a Keynote speaker on Saturday. This much I must say on the topic myself: I owe almost everything to Sisu.

In my rehabilitation, I have had to face those “seemingly impossible things”… And after being numerously told that, “neeever gonna happen…”, “Why can’t you be happy with just being alive?” and “I wouldn’t bother even dreaming”, I have just kept on dreaming, and followed my dreams Here I am, now… not living my dream… but I’m really happy!

Finally, I must say the best thing about Sisu: Sisu walks hand in hand with positivity in me. I didn’t know, that this character would be so encouraged by all of the team Sisu members! I just thought that, I am a positive of a guy, who just happens to be pretty filled up with Sisu, too. I never saw it as a package deal… It is, though. No one loves the really serious laboring kind of Sisu, I mean, it is Sisu, too… But being positive is FUN!  I’m proud of being so positive. I love Sisu.

P. S. The Sisu presentation, was so far my favorite one to give. Sisu and the FightBack attitude, are like a brother and sister. I love them.

 

Why can’t every Monday be like this? I’m having a blast! On Saturday and yesterday, I was thinking too much about, well… every little thing. Last night, I slept pretty poorly, but that didn’t bother me. I jumped up very sharply (at least on my own opinion…;) ate my porridge, and continued to the gym. Gym is where I can push everything out of my mind and concentrate on what I really want. I want to get back. 100 %.

This isn’t gonna happen, so I’m ready to settle with 99%, humbly. Being a professional skier – skiing for my profession, was an enormous part of me. So I have to find another thing I love as deeply… or I’ll have to settle up with hundreds –, of thousands of other little things.

Taking a long stroll on Saturday (10km).

Taking a long stroll on Saturday (10km… I will walk a lot with these sticks, cause walking with them is good for my upper-body, too…)

I got a crazy idea while eating breakfast… “I’m going to run a marathon next fall!” I shared this idea with my mother and with my couch, receiving a “no go” from my mom, cause the wearing out my body while running falsely. From Topi, I got my fair share of laughter with a “PLEASE… yes, I’ll come with you, we’ll hop on a cab after the first km, and hop off it tho km’s from the finish line, a perfect plan!” I think he may have been sarcastic. It made me to think though… and you know what thinking leads to… I’m going to make sure that I will consume my body as smartly, as possible. I will run as many marathons, as I want to. And I will come a Superman.  

 

Being very happy on top of Sappee.

Being very happy on top of Sappee.

I am on my skiing holiday now. My “holiday” began with working as a judge at Finnish (freeskiing) Open in Sappee. I was around many friends and I got to ski, so I loved it! The competition itself was also quite dope, although you could definitely tell that, this winter hasn’t been one of the best ones. The skiers from up north dominated, while a part of the skiers from southern Finland, didn’t even bother attending…

Judging on Saturday.

Judging on Saturday.

With my mainman Skye on Saturday.

With my mainman Skye on Saturday.


I was there for three days, judge for two and skier for one! Sappee’s slopes are just easy enough for me, I felt really good skiing there! It also made me want to ski more, I’ve skied 9 days this year, but I want to ski at least 30. So let it get colder!

Just by the way… Skye suggested me applying to Paralympics to share my FightBack attitude. At first I wasn’t that fond of the idea, but after a while I got it. Cause after all, I want to inspire all people, who have faced similar struggles as I have.

On Sunday night we moved to Hämeenlinna, because I had two presentations at Parola primary, and middle school on Monday. Speaking to kids, who are so honest about their feelings is great. I love it.

My presentation has reached its highlight; these can save your life.

My presentation has reached its highlight; these can save your life.

Giving a high ONE to all the students!

Giving a high ONE to all the students!

Middle school's hall was bigger.

Middle school’s hall was bigger.

After visiting Parola, we drove to Lahti, picked up my brother from the train station, visited the Gymstick headquarters and drove to Savitaipale, my Grannies. I’ve loved it here, it’s winter! I’ve tried a little Nordic skiing, noticed it to be challenging and after falling down multiply,  decided to make myself to learn it! So this holiday… is really a skiing holiday! And not so surprisingly… I love it!

Yesterday was a sunny skiing-day! Nordic skiing used to be very boring before, when I could ski really well… Now I can't, but it's very exciting to try to re-learn it!

Yesterday was a sunny skiing-day! Nordic skiing used to be very boring before, when I could ski really well… Now I can’t, but it’s very exciting to try to re-learn it!