Viluan: Athletes don’t quit, they know when to...-A A +A
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
TEE’D off about winning, athletes never know how to quit. However, while others give a hundred percent of performance, others float to cope with their performance. Winning is an athlete’s priority preference, while the agony of defeat is a stressful feat, but they never quit.
If there’s an obvious word to describe why athletes don’t simply quit, it is the love for sport and it is their foundation of being healthy and fit. In addition, their passion for sports not only gives them the reason not to quit, but it gives them more reasons why they should succeed.
Making it to the top means everything to an athlete, elated by their passion for sports; and their body surged with energy, they continually look into that motivational phrase “no one wants to be at the top more than I do”, motivations like these also provides assertiveness and enthusiasm to reach their goal.
Egotism for example, plays a big role on athletes, their being self-centered provides them the energy to build themselves into the so called caliber athletes, to win attention and friends, and chase winning glories as if it were their destiny. With new creeds like “No fear – no limits or no pain – no gain”, they exude in energy with exceptional physical endurance, pushing themselves to the limits, where there is no little voice inside their brain to tell them to slow down.
This attitude and behavior of the “I don’t quit” athlete sometimes makes them the “Mr. Show off”, who needs to be given an audience. They actually need the audience to be able to relate themselves as the fast-talking, fast-moving, physically exceptional medal bound person. Often times, these behaviors even get worst. They get to be superstars as if the best athletes who brag about themselves without thinking of the consequences.
They also get super high, that everything they do normally is magnified and it gets to a point where others want to avoid them, and sometimes they are thought of, to the extent of being mentally ill. The changes in attitude and behavior of an athlete in terms of personality, surge of energy, slight irrational courage and even sleeplessness etc. are described to be symptoms of bipolar disorder or signs of over exuberance in accordance to the parlans of sports psychology.
In sports, athletes chase their ultimate goals without hesitance and sometimes recklessly, however, doesn’t everyone feel down after a loss? All athletes have their highs and lows, but continuously chase their dreams because they want something bigger, something grand, and hoping for something just beyond their grasp.
Athletes don’t quit although the pull of impulse decisions that they feel sometimes overwhelms them. It becomes them and sometimes this devours them because their lives are the race they chose. They started fast, saw their dreams within reach, then suddenly was alone, far from those who would do anything to help. By then, it was too late to realize it is time to quit.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 22, 2013.