The Olympics have been in full swing in Rio and have taken over the media with heartfelt stories of triumph. Sure, most of us don’t have a goal of being an Olympic gold medalist one day, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying the strength and endurance of the athletes. We may not be able to relate to their long hours of training, but there are many things we can learn from watching the Olympics.
The Olympics celebrate diversity. Each nation during the games displays their national pride, culture, and heritage for the world to see. According to the International Olympic Committee, “The Olympics have always brought people together in peace to respect universal moral principles. The Games feature athletes from all over the world and help promote the Olympic spirit.”
The world is divided on so many issues, but the Olympics are one of the few times we come together to unite and celebrate how we are all connected. We see the amazing talents that every country has to offer and admire every participant’s dedication to their sport. You can’t help but cheer for them all! Just like the spectators, the athletes put differences aside as well and compete with good sportsmanship and respect.
The Olympics also teach us the power of hard work. The athletes love their sport and inspire us all to work hard at what we love and be relentless in pursuit of our dreams! Many of the competitors have overcome obstacles just like this team of runners who had previously been refugees. The runners didn’t let their difficult pasts keep them from competing, in fact, their obstacles made them stronger. Countless hours spent training in preparation for the largest sporting competition in the world is a great example of the hard work it takes to pursue our dreams.
We may not be competing in the Olympics, but we can learn the value of hard work and put it into practice in our lives. We can set goals and work toward making our dreams come true.
Believe in yourself and be your own Olympic competitor in the game of life.
What have YOU learned from watching this year’s Olympic games?