As the Olympics begin with the Opening Ceremony tomorrow evening and athletes begin their preliminaries in their specific sport, all of them have worked tirelessly through training for their sport, strength training, and competitions to get to where they are today. For most, if not all, of the athletes participating in the Olympics, this has been a dream of theirs for a very long time, and they finally get to act on that dream.
As a young lady, growing up, I remember watching the summer Olympics every four years with my family. We typically watched gymnastics, swimming, and then, whatever was on once those sports were done being broadcasted. I remember watching in awe as the gymnasts did their flips, twists, and turns, knowing that they needed to stick their landing in the end in order to get the best score or ranking possible. I remember myself wishing I could be in their shoes, wondering if I had what it took to be an Olympian. The thing is…deep down, I knew that I was a so-so to average athlete in the sports I played in the small Ohio town I grew up in. But, that didn’t stop me from dreaming, wondering what the world had in store for me.
For a long time, I remember dreaming of becoming a teacher, wanting to change the lives of the students I taught, make an impression on their lives for the better either educationally or as individuals. I went to college, got the training I needed, and received two degrees in Early Childhood Education and Multi-age Special Education. I began teaching shortly after. I spent over ten years of teaching, specifically in special education, and getting a master’s degree in education before I knew I had fulfilled that dream.
As I sit here reflecting, at this point, I know my Olympic-sized dream is actually to be a positive influence in people’s lives. I don’t exactly know where that dream will take me; I don’t know how that dream will exactly pan out in the end. But, I do know that in my heart of hearts that working directly with and serving people in some capacity is ultimately what I desire. Teaching was just one aspect of me reaching towards my goal.
Take a moment for yourself and think of what your Olympic-sized dream is. Let the 2016 Summer Olympics inspire you in some way to take action in fulfilling or at least beginning your journey towards your dream.