Every two years we have the opportunity of watching the Olympics.
We witness power, determination, mental strength, faith, perseverance, and above all passion for what they are doing. Olympians possess the ability to focus in on a goal and no matter the sacrifice or the work it takes to get it done they put all they have and more in it to accomplish it. We watch in awe at their level of dedication and commitment. We are inspired by the stories of the athletes along with their families.
But as we watch in awe we also feel disconnected from their reality. The physical ability required for all of these sports is beyond our comprehension in most cases.
I know for a fact that I could have trained twenty four hours a day and I would not be able to swim as fast as Missy Franklin. I would never be able to out run Sanya Richards-Ross. Nor would I be able to jump as high, if at all, as McKayla Maroney.
These athletes are a unique set that are physically superior than most of the world. They are truly amazing.
But what makes them want to compete at this level; to sacrifice so much of a typical life for the sake of a gold medal?
It is passion. Passion for their sport is what drives the rest. It is what gives them determination and focus. It is what makes them want to persevere above all else. Without the passion no goal set would be attainable. There is no coach, parent or physical ability that can push another to this level of competition without passion. Passion is what makes them champions from the word “go”.
Here is the beautiful part. We all have it. We all have the ability to tap into something that we have to achieve just like an Olympian. Each and every one of us is or will be passionate about something that we need to accomplish no matter the sacrifice. And when we feel it, we will be as unstoppable as Michael Phelps. We will be focused and driven with the mental strength of steel as Gabby Douglas. Champions. We will all be champions when we find our passion.
I’ve only just discovered my passion; less than a year ago quite by accident at the ripe age of 43. I personally feel like a champion even though I have not won a gold medal nor have any hope of winning one in the future.
How we find our passion is for another time and I’m not even sure I really know.
For now let’s just enjoy the beauty of the Olympics and the champions it has generated. Let their lives inspire us and fuel the fire that burns within each of us.
Until next time…
Devoted to Me begins with me and continues to you. Accept it. Pass it on.