Participating in sports makes you learn many lessons. Observing athletes can also teach you many things. One of the main lessons that I have learned from athletes trying to better themselves is that they never quit. They are constantly overtired, working so hard and very focused on achieving their goal. Michael Phelps gets up every morning, even on his birthday and Christmas, to swim. Thats impressive, how many times do you wake up and think I'm too tired to do this and then go back to bed. Their drive to persist despite any obstacles impresses me and motivates me to do the same.
I remember a past student who was involved in a serious accident which caused a spinal injury and paralysis. I met him six months after his accident. Other than the physical harm to his body, you couldn't tell that he was in pain. Even though "the accident" changed his goals, future and lifestyle, he didn't let that stop him from living life 100%. Instead of focusing on what he lost (i.e. his ability to use his legs) he changed his view and focused on what he could accomplish. His passion for life is so inspiring that it makes you pull back and think why am I complaining about my life.
I think a positive attitude and to persist despite setbacks are characteristics which are very important to a wonderful life :) These are both taught through participation in physical activity among other things!
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