Harmony – Hoani Matenga

Harmony, written by Hoani, reflects his own thoughts on life balance, resilience and the challenges young athletes face. The video shows some down time with a few professional rugby players, Dan Pryor, Kara Pryor, Matthew Moulds and Hoani, just one of the ways these guys helped refresh their mind, body and soul. He has paired the song with a few short paragraphs on his own view of mental fitness and what he thinks it takes to live a harmonious and happy life. 

 

 

Harmony is a song about realising the importance of balance, in all areas of life. Whether it be family, friends, work, social, community or love, having all aspects in a positive place will lead to a more harmonious and happy life.

Mental health problems can cause many of these areas in life to suffer, creating a stressful and unhappy state of mind but if you can identify which aspects are hurting you the most you can work on them and hopefully get them into a positive place for yourself. 

There are many people you can talk to and ways that can help, as this website will show, but the worst thing you can do is not to talk at all and let it bottle up inside. 

 As a professional rugby player I’m seeing more and more young athletes battling with mental health problems. Whether it being from too much pressure to perform from various outside or internal stresses, being forced to succeed at any cost from a young age especially, can be unhealthy and it’s important you have a life outside of rugby/sport/job. You never know when it can be cut short or you fail to make selection, so other options and interests are very important to have as well. 

Resilience and overcoming adversity however is still a huge part of success and this is not taking away the fact of the hard work and commitment needed to achieving your goals and dreams but there is a lot more to life than rugby/work and it’s important to find out what else makes you happy. The world has a lot to offer if you just look.

This applies not only to young athletes but for everyone. I have seen first-hand the effects of mental health issues, at just 17 my cousin took his own life which sparked a domino effect of many of his friends around him. Suicide in New Zealand is a serious social and health issue that needs to be addressed. Attitudes towards people experiencing mental health issues need to change. It’s ok for people to have problems, everyone has problems, but the good thing is there is a solution for every one of them!

Hopefully this song and message will create more awareness and reach at least someone to help improve their health and well being. 

Well known philosopher Alan watts makes a good point by saying:

“The meaning of life is just to be alive.And yet , everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves. “

Which leads to a quote from musician  J cole:

“There’s no such thing as a life that’s better than yours”

So expect nothing but accept everything.  Aroha nui and Kia kaha,

Hoani Matenga.