What makes me an athlete?
“I am an athlete. I may not be the best, but that is what I strive to be. I may never get there, but I will never quit trying.” -Unknown
I asked myself, “what exactly makes me an athlete?”. I work hard to improve my physical skills and fitness. I try to maintain proper nutrition all the time but especially when training. I regularly participate in activities that would drain most people. I participate in competitions to test my skills and reach new goals.
Webster’s definition is : a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina.
I believe that being an athlete is a state of mind. If you set goals and train hard to reach those goals, you are an athlete. If you are able to step out of your comfort zone and push the envelope just a little, you are an athlete. If you reach your goal and decide it’s time to go for another goal, i.e. get stronger or faster, you are an athlete.
Did I start out this journey knowing I would eventually call myself an athlete? No, I didn’t. I believe my passion and aspiration to become healthier and live a longer, fuller life led me to my love of running, exercise and nutrition.
I may never be another Lolo Jones…
But I will continue to be inspired by her, among many others. Those that inspire me the most are those female athletes that I have the opportunity to run with or interact with almost everyday! And yes, my friends, I believe you are all athletes.
So, yes, I will call myself an athlete! Do you?