Olympians are not made of the same stuff as the rest of us, and I think that’s why the Olympic games are so popular. We get to watch real-life people with superpowers.
I’m not at all discounting their hours and years of hard work – no, not at all. Rather, I’m applauding their work and sacrifice to become elite athletes. The energy they expend multitasking, creating, working, thriving, developing, honing, and expanding their craft amazes me. And when I think of how they must apply these remarkable skills to the rest of their lives, I’m more impressed. Not only are Olympians elite athletes, but they’re also extraordinary students and workers and parents and partners. Excellence, dedication, and drive permeates everything they do.
If I’ve taken a shower, washed some dishes, and done some laundry, I consider myself as having had a productive day. And that’s how I know I am not made of the same stuff as Olympians.
Olympians, they are steely-eyed missile humans, while I, I can only dream of the right stuff while riveted to my television screen watching their superhuman exploits.