One of the most inspiring messages I have read

One of the most inspiring messages I have read
One of the most inspiring messages I have read

“No, not all dreams come true, but yes, it’s important to dream big.”

• Read also: Touching testimony from Katerine Savard on her shattered dream of participating in her 4th Olympic Games

• Read also: Olympic trials: Katerine Savard must forget the Paris Games

There have been many great quotes and life lessons in the history of sport. But this message this weekend from Quebec swimmer Katerine Savard is, for me, one of the most inspiring and brilliant that I have read.

And I’m not being puffed up here in an attempt to give attention to a sport that doesn’t get enough of it. Or I’m not trying to go into an emotional overdose to justify a column.

I simply ignore everything that Katerine Savard’s message represents. This is something that should be said and said and said again. We should repeat this to all our children. They must be young dreamers. Dreaming of going to the Olympics, scoring the winning goal in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup, hitting a home run in the World Series, winning a Nobel Prize, discovering a cure for ALS, running a great company.

No, she’s not the first person to say it’s important to dream big. But it’s her story and the context in which she spoke about it (which you can read here) that makes it all so wonderful.

Katerine Savard is a very great swimmer in the history of the country. The career of the 30-year-old athlete from Pont-Rouge is phenomenal: an Olympic medal, five medals at the Pan American Games, two medals at the world championships and two medals at the Commonwealth Games.

And I almost forgot. She’s also an elementary school teacher through it all.

Last week, she tried to qualify for the Paris Games. She would have become the first Canadian swimmer to participate in four Olympics. She didn’t make it. And she wrote the lengthy message on social media.

Lost and in pain

She explains that she did not achieve her dream. That she is lost and in pain. She doesn’t know if she’s going to stop swimming. That she doesn’t know what her next dreams are. But his message is not that. In fact, it’s definitely not that.

Because what she also says is that she knows that she will end up being proud of herself and that she has not failed.

It’s exactly that. When we dream big, we have to expect that not all of our dreams will come true. And these broken dreams should not be seen as failures. That shouldn’t stop us from dreaming big. On the contrary, we must admire and be proud of the accomplishments.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Those who do not dream are rarely disappointed. It’s true. But the message is that they are not the ones who could achieve their desire and their potential.

For our children

Wanting to participate in four Olympic Games is dreaming very big. Probably too big. But this is what allowed Katerine Savard to become one of the greatest swimmers in Canadian history.

In her message, she doesn’t talk about objectives, expectations or goals. She talks about dreams.

And that should be how we encourage our children and teenagers in sport.

Whether a player is in the best or worst category in his sport. If this is what he loves most in life, nothing stops him from dreaming. We don’t care if it works or not. Everything he develops as an athlete, but also as an individual, to try to achieve his dream, will help him forever. And he will choose another dream if it doesn’t work.

Great success does not always materialize with an agenda and a detailed plan. It also often starts from a big life dream.

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