I am not here to look good or smell nice. I am not here to chit-chat, small talk, or catch up. I am not here because I should be, because you asked me to be, or because they are I am here for me, because of me. I am here to answer that thing inside me that desire to be better today than I was yesterday, and better tomorrow than I am today. I don't need a crowd to compete. I have myself to beat every single day and no one competes harder than I do. I don't do this because someone is watching, I do it because I’ll always know how hard I worked, regardless of what others may see or not see.
You know who I am, you've seen me before. I'm the one in the weight room after a big loss... And after a big win. I'm the one on the treadmill at max speed at 5:30am before going to work, willing myself to beat my best time... Just because. I'm the one testing my max reps long after my days of competing are over. I'm the one who did three more push-ups than I’d planned, just to remind myself that I can go harder, that I can always be a little bit better and tomorrow, I will do five more.
You think I’m crazy? You think I care too much? Work too hard? And all for what? This isn't about you, and it's not about him, or her, or them. It's about me. I don't need or expect you to understand, it's about working my ass off each and every single time I’m out there. It's about pushing my mind as hard as my body because I understand that success is not defined by mere physical domination. It's about never giving up. It's about passion and pride, it's about challenging myself to do more than I thought possible. It's about wanting something so badly that is so hard to achieve that may seem impossibly hard and then achieving it, and knowing that it was earned
This thing, I can't shake it. It's who I am. It's the way I’m built. It's how I got to be where I am today and I’m damn proud of it. When my chance comes, I will be ready. If I fail in the pursuit, I will be inspired. If I prevail in the pursuit, I will be inspired. You see, you can't stop it… this thing inside, this will, this love, this drive. There are many who claim to be an athlete, but I am an athlete at heart, in my mind, at my cone, in my DNA I am, and will forever be an athlete no matter what it takes, I’ll find a way to get it done. To compete and to improve, no excuses, just work. I AM AN ATHLETE AT HEART. I AM FOREVER AN ATHLETE.