All tagged Personal development
In all walks off life individuals have aims and aspirations that they place great importance upon. One aspect of being an athlete is that often times these goals are public knowledge, and your efforts open to be scrutinised. Something that is constant, regardless of the nature of your focus, is that the path to success is very rarely plain sailing. Even if everyone had the same targets I’m willing to bet there would be immense variation in how we would each apply ourselves, and that’s wonderful! It’s because we’re all unique, and come with our own respective strengths and weaknesses.
A few weeks ago a message released by a primary school in Britain evoked a significant reaction on my social media. A “dress as your future career” day was looming on the horizon, but school administrators were keen to encourage pupils to attend dressed as realistic career options. Pursuance of sporting talent fell firmly under the unrealistic column. Naturally, as a professional sportswoman this sparked some strong emotions for me personally. I was upset at the prospect of these children being discouraged from aiming high in life, angry that the school staff seemed to view their role as mediators of passion and belief, and immensely disappointed that parents would be receiving this message in their child’s school bag. Has our society really reached such a point that children must conform to the mundane status quo, and dream of holding down a safe 9-5 office job?