Written by: Jehan Daal
When people talk about ice skater Sven Kramer, most likely they talk about the error he made during the Olympics in 2010. Who cares that he won so many races that the most of us do not even know how many times he won exactly? On the 10th of February the Netherlands won three medals again. But all you hear is the problems with the timekeeping. Jan Smeekens thought he won the Olympic gold medal, was incredibly happy and then heard that he became second. Instead of being crazy happy, because we got three medals, we are nagging again. “Tell me Jan, how do you feel?” If I hear that question one more time, I am going to scream. And that is what I dislike about us Dutch people. No matter how many goals you crush, people will always talk about the one that you did not crush. Or even worse, they are talking about all the goals you crushed and hoping that you fail the next time.
As you probably know, the Americans are a little bit different. A great example. Last week I read a post from an American blogger that I follow. He told about his dreams and goals for this year. Some of them are really ambitious, but that does not matter. Still there is a chance that he can reach all of them, at least he can try to do so. His (American) readers were cheering him on. They are looking forward to his awesome journey, hope that he with crush his goals and they (including me) admire his guts and perseverance.
I told him that I would not dream of putting my dreams and ambitious on Van Daal Enzo. He told me that he failed many, many times before. I understand that, because every human fails every now and then. But I cannot stand all the people who are watching me closely to see if I reach my goal or not. The thought of failing and hearing that for the rest of my life. It gives me the creeps. No thank you. But at the same time I realize that people can inspire, be a human fuel and help you to reach your goals.
People who don’t do anything, fail at something even bigger.
Last December I decided that I wanted to strengthen my body to try to prevent injuries. My goal was to do at least 3 workouts per week in January and February. Since I dislike the workouts, I did not tell people. What if I failed? I can tell you now that I crushed my goal and did over 20 workouts in January! And I did not do it alone. There was a challenge I participated in and all the girls were cheering each other on. So that proves that we Dutch people are perfectly capable of doing that. So why don’t we do that more often?
So maybe I should write a post about my dreams. I might fail, but at least I tried to follow my dream and make it a reality. Maybe I even get motivated by others in order to achieve them. Hmm, let me sleep on it. Suddenly I realize that the only people who will never fail, are the people who don’t do anything. No that is not correct, they also fail. They fail at something even bigger: on living.