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Why I’m Not A ‘lifetime Athlete’

I may well get some sort of medal or trophy, but that’s not what this blog is about, I have other things on my mind. The point I’m driving at is that I don’t think about it often enough. A decade is a long time to be in the spotlight, and with that, comes an onslaught of the pressure and responsibility that comes with it. I have been in the spotlight for a long time now. What will be the impact of my life work when I’m no longer in that position? It will also leave me with some unfinished pieces, and I’m wondering what those will be.

There are a lot of things to be thankful about, but you don’t have to be a lifelong athlete to realize that. I’m thankful that I’ve had a career that’s taken me to almost every corner of the globe, because that’s a lot of places I have seen beautiful sights, people and places I love greatly. But I’m also thankful that I have lived through times of war and death and strife, and I have seen others face those hardships, and I think that’s a lot of why my work continues to live on in people’s lives.

To me, it’s not like one of those ‘diamond rings of perseverance’ where it looks shiny and new for the first few years, while the rest of yourself has been battered and ransacked over the years. It took me a while to realize that, and as I’ve matured, so too do I. I do think the ‘lifetime athlete’ label is a good one. I have been told over and over again that I’ve had an unparalleled career, and no doubt I am the luckiest person in the world to be able to enjoy it to its greatest extent. But the truth of the matter is that, as many as I’m proud of, I’m also a human being who needs to be thankful for what I do have. I’m lucky that some days, my days are filled with opportunities to work with beautiful and inspiring people, and I’m even luckier that I get to do that with an incredible support system at the same time.

This is where I need to be a lot more humble, because there’s a difference between being an ‘all-timer’ and what I really am. As far as I’m concerned, all of my years of doing this kind of thing should be enough. I’m not going to look back at my decade and think about how much of an ‘inspiration’ I am to those trying to carve out life paths in the future. It’s not about me. It’s about the opportunity I get in front of me every day to share my ideas with people for whom they otherwise wouldn’t have the space or the time to think for themselves. I think all of that is good in its own way, but it’s not enough.

With that in mind, I think we can move on and say that my goal is just to get through my 10-year mark and go from there. And when I’m done, then I can stop thinking about how I was “the best of all time” and I can simply be a good human being, and do the work I think I’m qualified to do.

If you want to follow the journey in it’s entirety, look for an ebook called I’m Not a Lifetime Athlete at Amazon .