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Dreams of an Olympic Athlete

Sometimes when I watch the Olympics, I feel very inadequate. These athletes are MY age, or younger, and are breaking world records. They’re making history, they’re traveling and competing and WINNING for our country. I am breaking records of episodes of Netflix watched at one time, traveling to the kitchen to make another batch of Top Ramen, and winning numbers of followers on my Pinterest board because of how often I am online. It’s interesting to think how different my life would be if I swapped my life with these Olympic athletes. If I was spending hours training each day, would I have the friends I have right now? Would I be working at this job that I love? Would I know how to cook college-friendly recipes for one? I think the answer is no. I would be in a gym, running, going to events and making appearances. Which is better? I don’t think there is a better or worse life, just the right life for you. 

Kate Hansen also attends BYU, and I’m sure she leads a fairly normal life, like mine, when she’s here. But when she’s not here, she is an Olympian. A world-class athlete. That’s something that I’ll never get to boast. But that’s ok. 

Not everyone is an athlete. Not everyone attends college at BYU. Not everyone travels the world, and not everyone gets to call one place home. Everyone has a different life and there is immense beauty in that. So, I’m going to enjoy watching Kate Hansen barrel down the icy luge track from the comfort of my couch, and tell her how wonderful she did when I bump into her later in a class or at a party. 

Underneath it all, we’re all the same. On the surface, we are all different. And that’s exactly the way it should be. 

From the desk of Maddy Richards, a producer for The Morning Show with Marcus Smith on BYU Radio.

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