Sometimes when we least expect it, we meet people or experience a moment when we are inspired. Finding inspiration is different for everyone and as such can be found in a wide variety of ways. Sometimes people are inspiring and sometimes situations are inspiring.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to watch over 150 athletes compete at the NPC Upper Midwest Bodybuilding competition here in Fargo, ND. This is a show I have competed in before, so it was a change for me to be in the audience watching everyone.
What I found very interesting and ultimately inspiring was the number of first-time athletes as well as the number of younger athletes. Each of these athletes went through a rigorous dieting process, usually 12 weeks in duration, where their nutrition plans and exercise regimes were followed with precision.
On Saturday, when the bright lights shined on stage, these athletes had to literally show their best package, with many of them experiencing this for the first time and at a young age. What I witnessed and was inspired by was the “class” many of these athletes exhibited during the entire contest. Take away the nerves, the anxiousness and the expectations each athlete had of their placing; being respectful and classy was still priority one.
It goes without say that social media provides the opportunity for athletes to self promote and create the allure of “greatness” before the lights hit the stage and we see the final package. While we cannot change the level of self-promotion in today’s landscape with competitive sports, we can be thankful and inspired that many athletes still remember to always be humble and exhibit a high level of class.
That is inspiring.