When You Are Rooting For Olympians Don't Forget YOU are an Athlete
Monday, July 23, 2012
Yesterday as I watched the final stage of the Tour De France (and it was an exciting and different stage with not one but TWO Brits on the stage for the first time in Paris)
, I was preparing to set our DVR for the upcoming 2012 Olympics. The pre-Olympic hype has been full of the stuff goose bumps are made of and the athletes we dream about and shake our heads over their prowess - the Michael Phelps, Hope Solo's, Lolo Jones, just to name a FEW. These below to one of two sporting breeds. The first is the Superhuman: the flawless freak who earns our admiration by doing things no other Homo sapiens can do. Michael Phelps, the aquatic demigod, is probably the best example on the current U.S. Olympic squad. Phelps has never known the feeling of being the second-fastest swimmer on earth. His genius was apparent by age 10; at 15, he’d obliterated his first world record. It’s thrilling to watch such an immaculate alien—someone so unlike the majority of us—at work.
The second type is different. Let’s call them the Survivors: the all-too-human athletes whose every achievement is an uphill battle. Nothing is easy. Something is always going wrong. Their struggles remind us of our struggles, and their successes inspire us to imagine what we could be at our best.
I love them ALL. I can't wait for the Olympics and the Paralympics to begin. What is your event? Who is the athlete you admire most?
These are stories that are healthy for our children to hear and learn about. To realize the absolute sacrifices these athletes make and endure every single day to get where they are.
Each of us is an athlete - a survivor in our own right and I think that it is important not to lose sight of that. So set that DVR to watch your favorites and cheer them on but know that what you are doing here every single day is a fete in and of itself. Your goals and efforts make you an athlete. Don't lose sight of that. Keep Sparking!