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What You Can Learn From This Year’s Olympics

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Have you gotten to watch the Winter Olympics? If not, you need to, after reading this.

There’s something so inspiring and amazing about the Olympics, but what makes them so exciting?

Maybe, it’s the genuine and unfailing talent and drive of the athletes, or maybe, it’s the fact that countries from around the world come together despite political differences and make peace happen in order for the Olympic games to go forward without any problems.

I’ve been able to look at this well respected and world-wide competitive tradition in new eyes, and wow, I think it is just that much cooler. I finally “get it.”

I’ve watched all the countries with the most power and influence send their very best athletes to compete for the gold.

Sochi was nearly forced to accept equal rights, in order to avoid a public uproar. There was the Slope-skier, Gus Kenworthy, who used twitter to advocate dog adoptions in Sochi. There was the British bobsledder who competed with an injured achilles. Irish gymnast Kieran Behan thought he had lost his ability to walk at age 10 due to a tumor, but overcame that adversity and is competing at the games.

There are many more absolutely incredible athletes, but you need to watch the Olympics to see for yourself and watch the last of the games tomorrow, to hear all of their inspirational stories for yourself.

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Courage of a Lion: Believing in Yourself and Your Dreams

Loving yourself is hard.

It is.

As a twenty-something trying to get my degree and propel myself into a future, I sometimes get tripped up in my failures rather than my successes, and those “failures” (if they can even really be considered that) take over my focus, but I know it’s time for change. It’s time to shift my focus from “I don’t know if I can,” and “Maybe later in life I could do…”  to “I am successful, and I am capable.”


Being that it is Martin Luther King Jr Day I thought this was an amazing quote to ponder over:

Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles.
Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances.
Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it.
Cowardice asks the question, is it safe?
Expediency ask the question, is it politic?
Vanity asks the question, is it popular?

But, conscience ask the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.”     –   Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I’ve let self -doubt destroy my 2013. Although I had many fun times and lots of fun memories, I stayed in my comfort zone, like a coward. 2014 is asking me, “What’s next?” and I’m ready to answer.

Courage takes time. It takes thought. It takes a look inward. It’s best to take time to yourself and evaluate your goals. Step away from the outward distractions, the social media, the tv, the “buzz.” Focus on yourself, what is it that you really want out of your life? Is it attainable (and of course it is, anything is to a dreamer and doer). Now, plan plan plan!

Have the courage to pursue your dreams. Do it for yourself, because you’re your biggest cheerleader, and you’re the only one who’s going to pursue these dreams for you. Yes, its’ hard, but I promise it will be worth it.

Just do it for yourself, and nobody else, because sometimes it’s ok to be selfish, and when it comes to shaping your future and reaching your goals, it’s necessary.