What a disgrace! Failed!a person shouted this morning in entrance of the tv put in on the terrace of a bar. Spanish canoeist Ander Elosegi had simply completed eighth in the C-1 slalom last. What the fuck are you doing in Tokyo!
Subsequent to the person, in entrance of some toast and a breakfast roll, his son. At first the boy, about 9 or ten years outdated, checked out his father with out absolutely understanding the person’s outburst of fury. Or possibly he did perceive it – as ordinary – and what he was ready for. That it was not his flip, Positive.
Tokyo 2020 – Ander Elosegi of Spain REUTERS / Stoyan Nenov
However instantly the boy imitated the daddy. That unhealthy!, He mentioned. Nicely, what a poop!
The man checked out him proudly.
The canoeist’s face, a close-up on the tv, was bleak. No person felt that eighth place greater than him. Nobody regretted not having reached the rostrum greater than him. Nobody felt the disappointment of the second greater than he.
Nonetheless, that man had simply taught his son that if you don’t attain the highest you’re a failure. Shit. An individual who is not value it. When you don’t attain the highest, others have the suitable to insult you. When you don’t get to the highest, you may go fuck your self.
And that child will never know that solely a handful of individuals attain the highest in every exercise. That you simply solely get to the highest after years and years of sacrifice and resignations unattainable to measure. That you simply solely get to the rostrum with all that and expectantly, too. As a result of, regardless of the titanic effort of every of the athletes who have received a spot in Tokyo, you threat every thing to one card. Someday. A mind-set. Nerves. Stress. Sizzling. Or chilly. Any slight mismatch makes the scales tip in opposition to you. Regardless of all of the years of preparation.
That child will never know, as a result of his father has not taught him, that for one to win there are hundreds who lose. So what these who lose usually are not losers, however folks who have given their greatest with an immense sacrifice.
That child will never know that in life is going to have to lose many occasions. And each time you hit a number it will really feel like shit.