Look Ma, no hands!

Watching the Olympics a couple of weeks ago were inspirational enough. It was such an amazing showcase of what we are capable of as humans. Seeing Chad le Clos and Michael Phelps in the pool and Husain Bolt and Oscar Pistorius on the track really got me thinking about what I do with my body. It actually got me to the point of dusting of my running shoes, however, I never did get round to actually putting them on and doing something about it.

Isn’t that just exactly the way it goes with inspirational books, movies, quotes, etc. We read them and go out guns blazing: today I’m becoming the person I can be, today I’m changing my life, my circumstance will no longer hold me back. It goes well for a week, maybe two. Sadly though, we fall back into a dark hole of self pity, “life owes me”. You know where I’m going right? Come on, be honest, we’ve all been there.

Watching the Paralympics have been a completely different experience all together! I’ve cried countless times for the guts and determination shown by each and every athlete competing there. The cherry on top was the 50m Men’s Backstroke last night. If you haven’t yet seen it, do yourself and a favor and go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHnNqLglxwl. To see what these guys accomplish have me speechless. Junquan He is my new hero. Even though he only got silver, his performance was a stellar one! He will outswim me on any given day!

And again, like so many times before, I woke this morning with an undeniable sense of there is more to life.

I have a brilliant mind, I am healthy, I am able! What am I doing with my life? How am I using my God-given talents? Why am I denying my own ambition? I have all of the resource at my disposal to make something of the precious life given to me. I have the power to be the best I can be!

God knows, if Junquan He can do a 50m Backstroke with no arms, I certainly can do more than just this mere existence!