So I was thinking of a topic for today’s blog and I thought why not talk about Rio. I don’t know about you guys but I’ve been pretty much glued to my TV since the Olympics began. Usually, I tune in for basketball and some swimming relays, but this year I watched a lot of everything and I don’t regret a single minute because boy was it eventful. There were a few key things that I learned that can be applied practically and I wanted to just highlight them.
1) Master Your Craft! When you are good at what you do people take notice.
C’mon, can we mention track and field without mentioning Kenya?? It almost seemed unfair how easy the Kenyan runners made it look out there. Every race that included a Kenyan, it was pretty safe to assume they would be at the head of the pack. Usain Bolt. Where do you even begin. That man basically owns the track at this point. The fastest man in the world. You never doubt his ability to win, and even beat his own records in some cases. What I got from this was that as long as you put in the work, you can master your craft. Any Olympic athlete will tell you the time and dedication make a difference. Once you are at the top of your game, people notice and the rewards come one right after the other.
Gymnastics was probably my favorite thing to watch this summer. The USA women’s team was astonishingly good. I almost cried watching Simone Biles to be honest. Her floor routines were so daring, yet so perfectly executed. Aly Raisman is a little bit more of a calculated gymnast but she is just as amazing. I think people almost forgot about how good she could be. My favorite part was watching her parents in the stands. At times they held hands, covered their eyes, swayed from side to side-all while watching their daughter on the world stage. Her mother talked about how Aly was just a girl when she told her family she was going to be a famous gymnast and at first they all just laughed. They never imagined what she would become. Once you set out to do something, believe in yourself. That determination shines through to people around you and helps them believe in you more as well , and with that kind of support, you can do just about anything.
3.) There is never an excuse for giving up.
The first team of refugees. They had no Flag, they had no national anthem, and some of them didn’t have one place they truly called home. But each of them showed up and put forth their very best on the world stage. Amazing. Reading their stories about struggle, violence, war, and broken families broke my heart honestly. But then I realized not one of those athletes walked into the arena on day 1 without a smile. You couldn’t even tell all the pain that was behind their joyous faces and that’s a lesson in itself. Often times it feels like the world is falling apart but you can, and you will get through it. You don’t have to be a victim and go around feeling sad for yourself because those hardships and those negative things often have a surprisingly positive impact on other people around you. Hearing your story may be just the encouragement someone else needs to get through their present pain, but in order to be able to tell that story you have to push through it. There’s never an excuse to give up.
Hope this gives you some encouragement as you begin a new week. There was so many other amazing stories from these Olympics that I didn’t mention. How did your country do? Feel free to leave a comment below about your favorite event/athlete.
Oh and here’s a picture of Michael phelps and Ryan Lochte because I couldn’t help myself:)