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Our fitness journey doesn’t always look the way we think it will. Plateaus, injuries, and other obstacles get in our way and maybe slow us down. PRs don’t come for months or even years at a time. What felt light a month ago feels like a ton of bricks today.

Such is the life of an athlete — even a pro. And like everybody else, pros get frustrated too. One day, Brooke Ence ran into some trouble while maxing out her snatch. While anger initially started to take over, she took a step back and found perspective once again. In a rather moving Instagram post, she shared her thoughts on “failing” — and it’s an important reminder we all need to hear.

Main image: Brooke Ence/Instagram