These are a few of the adjectives I’ve heard being used of late to describe the athletes who are competing in Brazil. And rightfully so – I love the slow- motion images of the faces of the divers after their dive, the swimmers after they swim, and the gymnasts after they finish a routine. Sheer joy – or sorrow – or pain. Their faces tell a thousand stories of their training and the sacrifices they have made to get to where they are now. Every line, every pore, every muscle tells a story.
Who wouldn’t want to be described by these adjectives? We all have one life to live. One life to choose how we will spend our time. One chance to leave a legacy for future generations. One chance to make a difference. There is pressure to perform to make all the sacrifices worth it. There is a cost, at the end of the day. Is the price worth it?
Every athlete is so very different and yet, so very much alike. Different sports, different colours of skin, same blood. Different looks, different routines, same biology.
What makes one person so much stronger, faster than another? What makes one person able to look beyond the sport to the future? I love the athletes that can look beyond themselves to think of the team, to think of the appreciation they have for their lives, to be inclusive. To be the best, to be the winner, to be “gold” and alone cannot be sustained. “One” person will win. “One” person will experience gold. Is that isolating? How can that be shared? What’s the point of winning – if you are alone? A win must be shared – somehow.
There are “my” adjectives too. They have to be in order for me to win my battle against cancer.
These are “my” adjectives too. They have to be in order for me to win my battle against cancer.
What is the point of winning alone? I am not in this battle alone – whether they like it or not, my friends and family train with me. They support and encourage me. I am not going to win gold – to be by myself. What is the point? I appreciate my team. I am grateful for my life. I thank God for the day. And in my battle, it is every day that I take the podium to believe I have won the gold.