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Inspired by Bolt

Published:Friday | January 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM


I recently had the opportunity to watch the documentary film on Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. All I can say is that it reinforced to me that we in this country are yet to fully appreciate the story of this son of our soil.

Bolt has an easy way about him. He loves to party and can often be seen at public events having a great time. I think that because of this, we don't really realise what a rare gem he is. The fact that this man has talent is one thing. We also know that he trains really hard. But many people do. That is not so rare in Jamaica. What separates Bolt from the average folk is the power he is able to exercise over his mind. We who have never been in his shoes cannot even begin to imagine the pressure and heat of the global spotlight when he stands at the starting blocks at any of these major global track events. That he is able to steady his mind when, even the crowds of his supporters cannot, is remarkable. In fact, in my opinion, this ability is what accounts for most of his most recent major victories. When others' minds and mental fortitude failed, Bolt stood mentally strong, which allowed him to triumph physically. Imagine having that kind of mental capacity, that kind of control over your thoughts. It would make everything in life easier. We need to continue to appreciate the great Mr Bolt for his physical abilities, but we should give him equal credit and also learn as much as we can from his tremendous mental strength

as well.

Bolt Fan