Yes I am bad…give me an Australian playing, achieving, doing well and my heart swells with pride. Give me a television, a sport and an Australian and I start yelling, barracking and now tweeting.
I find this a difficult component of my personality to turn off. Yes I could just follow and be happy but I love to express it. I love feeling the highs and willing through the lows and overall passion and competitiveness to win whatever the event is that is taking place. I admit I don’t always watch that particularly sport for the whole 12 months of the year but on the verge of achievement and doing well and I’m there. Full of country pride.
To some it may be jumping on the bandwagon, to others it may appear an irrelevant activity or as I heard about the Tour de France “its just a bike race”.
I disagree. Not only does this pull together the country and community into oneness. It fosters passion, pride, respect and relationships. Most importantly and what this post is about, is that it shines the light clearly upon setting and achieving your goals and how we go about doing that. Depending on the goal or activity the plan will be different but the commitment, the emotion involved and the analysis will all be very similar.
Yes in the whole scheme of life and the world it does not compare to the recent tragedies of Norway and the tragic loss of life and shift in community psyche to fear in one short time in space. I do not for one minute disrespect these souls and their family.
Though we need these positive, inspiring moments in life, we need people like Cadel Evans in our life to show us the positives, show us what hard work can do. Show us what goal setting and achievement can do.
If we can learn inner strength, resilience and mental toughness by a man riding a bike through mountains then he has had an impact.
Who are we to judge what is and isn’t worthy of igniting passion?
It’s not just a bike race. Nothing is ever as it appears. Let’s not take away from what each person chooses to do with their life. If they are listening to their inner voice and knowing, they are a lot further along their journey than some people.
As the well known quote motivates to dream big. “Shoot for the moon, because even if you miss you’ll land among the stars”.
Enjoy Cadel’s ride tonight, feel the emotion, use the passion and light your own light from his bright light that he worked hard for- his won’t dull, it will only make him brighter. Tonight he will stand on the podium on Avenue des Champs-Élysées with the Arc de Triomphe as the backdrop and know that he has achieved a life long dream. Meanwhile, back here in his home country someone will be inspired to follow their dream.