As the world has its eyes on London and the athletes that train so hard compete for the gold, one of the most fascinating aspects of the games are the roads the athletes have taken to get this far. It takes an incredible amount of dedication, passion, and drive to even get into the games. Never mind the unfortunate negative nature of the commentators at this year’s events, but the pressure of performing at such a high level is great.
No athlete has had a smooth road to get to where they are. Their lives are far from perfect, facing everything from financial difficulties, to illness, to family troubles, to self- doubt. The amazing thing is no matter what these athletes have faced, they got to London.
None of these athletes would be where they are if someone didn’t encourage them. A coach, or a parent, or a friend in their lives saw each athlete’s potential and took the time to tell them to keep striving, and to lift their spirits when they felt down. That support can mean the world; literally to these competitors as the whole world watches them fight for gold. It’s a little easier going into a competition knowing that no matter what the outcome is, there will be someone at home to continue encouraging your dreams.
“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.”- William Arthur Ward
Most of us aren’t Olympic athletes, but we all are the stars of our own lives. These words from William Arthur Ward are incredibly powerful in the meaning of friendship. While we ultimately control our own destiny, we need people in our lives that accentuate the good in us, but understand our weaknesses and downfalls as well.
The Olympics are a great testimony to the fact that humans can push themselves to do incredible things. Identifying the great things we can accomplish is all part of the journey. Without the right directions we would never be able to find the way to living our purpose. Here’s to the people that believe in us and our dreams. Their support and direction helps us to go for the gold medal. Supportive people in our lives make a difference for us between just plain surviving versus thriving.