The 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, Korea has ended, one cannot help but feel a sense of awe at what the human body is capable of. The speed, precision and sheer courage of the athletes to push the limits is astounding. Watching the Olympics is akin to be being in a rock concert by one of the super bands. The same sense of awe can be felt listening to superbly made music. It creates a wonder at how creative musicians can get in making a pleasant sound. Perhaps, Olympic athletes and professional musicians are similar?
It takes commitment and dedication to pick up a guitar religiously every morning to practice when you don’t even know whether what you are playing will be well received by the listeners. The same is with athletes who have to commit to training with the hope that they will become the best.
Olympian athletes train for more than 8 hours each day for at least 3 months before the games begin. This physical activity demands discipline and endurance. This is the same for professional musicians who have to get every chord and beat perfectly placed, rehearse the lyrics and practice the dance routines. This could demand whole day rehearsals at least 1 month before the performance. Michael Jackson was famously known for his marathon rehearsals, which usually climaxed in thrilling performances.
Regardless of the sports discipline, an athlete has to be aggressive to compete at the world level. This means being a go-getter who does not need to be pushed but goes for the prize out of own volition. The same can be said of professional musicians. These are people who know that only their being outstanding can take them to the apex.
Top athletes and professional musicians are extraordinary people. They lead their lives with only one purpose, which is to be the best at what they do. Unlike a conventional citizen working 9 to 5, a professional musician will keep odd hours, rehearse long into the night and when on a tour, spend most nights on stage.
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Why would a professional musician work hard on being the best if not to be the best in the eyes of the fans? An Olympian athlete also wants that top spot on the podium and the recognition from the millions that he/she is the best.
When attending a Beyoncé concert or watching the winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, one cannot help but wonder at how similar athletes and musicians are, but how different they are from other people.
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