The Best of What I Can Be
It's inspired me to be the best at something. The first thing I would have to ask myself is, "What am I the best at?", "What am I good at?", and "If this was an olympic sport, would I win the gold medal?" I'm not that fast of a swimmer, and I'm pretty sure that Michael Phelps can swim faster than me. Gymnastics, rowing, and judo aren't sports that I consider myself to be particularly good at. Gabrielle Douglass, Taylor Ritzel, and Kayla Harrison already have a head start on me.
Then I had to ask myself, "Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte can swim at world record speeds, but can they teach high school English?" I don't know them personally, but I highly doubt they can. Can they motivate students the way I do? How well would they teach students to write literary response essays while simultaneously discussing deeper meanings of literature? Can they do what I do as well as I do? Maybe, but I think it's unlikely. Being a teacher takes a special kind of dedication, preparation, and discipline than olympic athletes. My performance in class may not win gold medals (for now at least), but I know that (just like performances of olympic athletes) it inspires people in profound ways.