In The Race Of Life, which medal do you want? πŸ₯‡πŸ₯ˆπŸ₯‰

As most of you must be aware, Tokyo Olympics 2020 just came to an end recently followed by the Paralympics, where the best athletes from all around the globe competed to win the much coveted medals and make their countrymen proud of their heroic efforts and achievements.

When I was a kid, I loved watching the Olympics. So many different events. So many people from all over the world competing. To this day, I am quite an avid follower (although I am hardly a sportsperson myself. Maybe I would be, if being a couch potato was a sport πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚). I may not have the time to watch all of it anymore, but I do check the highlights every day. It’s not just the competition that appeals to my heart. Its always been the burning fire in their eyes, the passion to bring all their years of hardwork and dedication to fruition and also some exemplary acts of sportsmanship, friendship and respect for each other. Any form of sports can really teach us a lot about all such virtues which we can learn from and try to inculcate in our own lives, even off the field.

I particularly like reading about the winners and their journey. The many obstacles and hurdles most of them have managed to overcome to come and compete on this global level. Whether it’s physical disabilities, poverty, discrimination, exploitation, racial and gender biases, each one have their own struggles and their own journeys, each of which is absolutely inspirational and really admirable.

During one such reading spree, I came across a very interesting article about a rather bizarre sight quite often seen in the Olympics as well as in other sporting events. It’s called something like ‘Sad Silver Face’ or ‘Sad Silver Syndrome’

In the various pictures taken of the medal winners, it was seen that the Gold and Bronze winners had the brightest smiles while the Silver winners are often seen sulking, brooding or frowning. They have a look of disdain, disappointment, dejection or even anger in some cases. Isn’t it wierd that this person is being awarded the 2nd best position in his/her game and yet somehow they’re not happy or satisfied? And right next to them, is another person, who has achieved lesser (bronze winners) but is still so much happier.

This is because the Silver medalist actually Lost the match to the Gold medal winner. That’s why they look so disappointed. Because in their minds, they keep going over their own mistakes, analysing where they went wrong. They keep wondering how different and wonderful things would be, if the game had ended in their favour. If only they had not made that tiny mistake, if only the opponent had conceded a point. This constant comparison with the one who fared better, really depletes any joy of their own victory. They are so preoccupied with the what ifs, that often times, they don’t value the precious and historic moment that they have actually created for themselves. And hence the ‘Sad Silver Faces’. πŸ₯ˆπŸ˜©πŸ˜–πŸ˜ŸπŸ˜‘😭

Examples of Sad Silver Face

On the other hand, there are the Bronze medal winners. They achieve a spot on the pedestal by WINNING against their opponent. Unlike the top 2, securing a medal is not guaranteed for them. It’s either a medal or no medal. Either they get to kiss a medal and secure their place in the history of the sports or they go home empty handed with so much regret and disappointment. So when they defeat their opponents to secure the Bronze medal, their happiness understandably knows no bounds. And that’s why they are often seen to be smiling from ear to ear, celebrating and enjoying every moment of it. πŸ₯‰πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜„πŸ₯³πŸŽ‰

Happy faces of the Bronze winners

I guess we can also relate this to our own lives. Its all a matter of perspective. Just like the silver medal winners, most of us are so busy looking and comparing to those that have more than us, that we forget how far we ourselves have come, how much we have achieved. We forget to appreciate what we have and be thankful for all the good in our lives. Constant comparison with someone who has more or has it better, only diminishes the quality of our lives. It takes away from our own accomplishments, contentment, happiness and peace of mind. For the few wise ones who adopt the bronze winner mindset, they will definitely be happier, be more in the moment, savour every minute and celebrate every little accomplishments along the way. Be thankful that at least they came this far.

Look at the dazzling smiles on the Gold and Bronze winners and the disappointed look of the Silver medal winner.

So, in this race called LIFE, which medal winner do you wanna be? Do tell in the comments. πŸ’–πŸ’–

38 thoughts on “In The Race Of Life, which medal do you want? πŸ₯‡πŸ₯ˆπŸ₯‰

  1. “In this race called LIFE, which medal winner do you wanna be?” This is a really important question to ask ourselves. At the end of the day, when we look back on our life, not all medals are equally valuable. Hence, it’s important to think about what WE really want.

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    1. Couldn’t agree more…it’s actually quite important to ask ourselves this question and introspect for an answer. That will play a significant role in how and what defines our lives and the quality of life. Thank you so much dear friend for your valuable comment..means so much πŸ˜ŠπŸ’πŸ˜ŠπŸ’

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    1. Absolutely right…. perspective can bring a huge change in our outlook and approach to life…am happy to know that you too like to take inspiration from these ace sportspersons and their journeys πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŸπŸ’Ÿ

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    1. Hey I learnt it too recently and hence thought of sharing…and Yes you’re right… mindset and perspective is indeed everything and play a key role to decide the quality of our lives. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’Ÿ

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  2. Can I have a chocolate 🍫 medal wrapped in silver πŸ₯ˆ foil? That way I can promote being happy at being given any medal regardless of colour and get to eat chocolate too. That really is a Win/Win winner (that’s me).

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      1. We have to prove to all and sundry that there is no winning, no being lost and we are all awesomeness personified when being kind to others and ourselves equally.

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      2. Oh I absolutely agree πŸ’―. But it’s a herculean task to prove a point to one and all. I guess we can start with ourselves first and then gradually try to convince the rest πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ«πŸ’–

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  3. I believe that they should all be proud of their achievements. Already participating at the Olympic games should make them happy. I was so happy that in Italy, from day one you could follow the games (on the public channel). Being on smart working I managed to follow almost every day. The athletes were all fantastic!!! πŸ€—

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  4. Such a GREAT post!!! Love your correlations.
    loved this and laughed at this so much ,,. hahah🀣🀣🀣🀣
    , “I am quite an avid follower (although I am hardly a sportsperson myself. Maybe I would be, if being a couch potato was a sport πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚). I may not have the time to watch all of it anymore, but I do check the highlights every day.”
    I can relate to Sad Silver as much as I hate to admit and would “smile for the camera” .. love that name… but truly we gotta dig deeper than that although for some I think the gold pays the bills.

    xoxoxoxo πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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    1. Thanks Cindy, am so glad to know it made you smile, I was chuckling myself while writing πŸ˜›πŸ˜›
      Happy to know you enjoyed the post, especially since you’re the sporty one πŸ€©πŸ’“

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  5. Such an excellent observation. Often, silver medalists are the only one to understand the value of gold. They know that the goal was inches away.
    Sportsperson goes through many ups & downs including emotional ones.
    However, one should learn to how to be happy with what’s left with them.
    Quite a profound post with so much to learn.

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    1. Thank you so much TanishQ…. really happy to know that you enjoyed reading and hopefully resonated with youπŸ€—…and you’re so right…we should celebrate how far we’ve come and try not to be sad about the little distance from the goal we might have missed..but then it’s easier said than done 😊

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