Be your own Olympian

Every two years, something amazing happens. The greatest athletes from all around the world travel thousands of miles (or kilometers if you’re not American) to push themselves to their limits in fun, friendly competition. With few exceptions, the Olympics transcend international conflict and cultural differences, and are an event everyone loves. If you stop and think about it, it’s really quite incredible, and in a way, Olympic Villages could even be considered utopian.

Olympic Villages are full of highly-motivated people trying to show the best of themselves and of the places they come from, while also being respectful of the other cultures around them. Imagine if everywhere was like an Olympic Village—it would be awesome! There wouldn’t be discrimination, there wouldn’t be war—just a bunch of excited people pushing each other to be better and better.

As the Rio Olympics come to a close, I’m feeling really inspired. Not necessarily to try to be in the Olympics—but to be an “Olympian” in my own right. To push myself to be the absolute best in whatever it is I choose to do, and to motivate others to do the same.

I may only be one person, but if I can motivate one other person to do his or her very best, and that person motivates one more and so on—someday, maybe the whole world will be like an Olympic Village.

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