I’ve been watching the Olympics and one thing I’ve noticed is that so many of the winners when asked how they feel reply, “It hasn’t sunk in yet.”
That’s an interesting line to me. Why is it so common amongst the winners?
My thought is that the drive that is required to become the best in the world comes from having a lack of ever feeling accomplished enough. Personally, I’m someone who struggles to recognize my personal accomplishments, I’m always on to the next one. Olympians take this even to the further extreme. There is only the next event, the next record, the next goal.
With that in mind, it’s possible that it may never sink in. That for some percentage of the population, no level of accomplishment will produce that feeling of elation for a prolonged period of time.
I’m not sure whether this is a blessing or a curse, but I am sure that it pushes us forward as a society.
I’m also sure that it burns us out as a society.
I don’t have a particularly strong conclusion here, just something to reflect about for yourself and figure out where you fit on the spectrum of recognizing your accomplishments.