By Tim Klepaczyk
I have been enjoying the winter Olympics. Yesterday evening it was great to see U.S. skaters Meryl Davis and Charlie White persevere in ice-dancing. They have a great rivalry with Canadian skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Tessa and Scott won gold four years ago in Vancouver, with Meryl and Charlie taking silver. They traded podium positions in Sochi.
I’m struck at every Olympics about the consistent narrative. There’s always an impressive champion, predicted to dominate, who follows through. There’s always another strong competitor who falls short of promise, and must “settle” for silver or bronze. There are stories of people whose perseverance is just in being there, who have no realistic chance of medaling. And of course there’s always an underdog story, the outsider who transcends previous performances and wins to surprise even the experts.
To me, the inspiring common element among most of the athletes is their dedication and perseverance. A young child is transfixed watching Kristi Yamaguchi, or Eric Heiden, or Shawn White, or one of many other Olympic champions. 15 years later it is that same child now representing the United States! The innocence of a dream is something to be treasured and remembered.
Certainly it can be tough to deal with a lay-off, and a struggle to get back to work. Remember what inspired you when you were young, and be confident that while real life is often different than a dream it’s still worth more dedication and perseverance, and many people are still fighting for you.
Tim Klepaczyk is an RF & microwave engineer with over 20 years of experience in applications & sales and product design & validation. He also loves writing.
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