357. Joseph Schooling – The young man & his team who changed the face of a nation.

As we celebrate the triumph of this young man, and bask in the Olympic moment, may we remember to celebrate his journey as well.

Joseph Schooling smiles after the Mens 100m Butterfly Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on

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This feat was many years in the making, and speaks volumes of his vision, resilience, determination, effort, and processes, and also of everybody who has believed in and supported him along the way.

This isn’t just a story. This is an Olympic story. Go and read it!

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The more I read about the Schooling story, the more I realise that this wasn’t a story of just one young man. This was a story of a young man standing on the shoulders of giants, and the story of his parents as well.

This was a story of his parents who gave him an immense amount of belief, support and resources into achieving his goals. If anything, this shows, more than ever, that parents play an incredibly significant role in propelling a child forward, in pushing them off the ledge and to be the wind under their wings. I may not be a parent yet, but oh boy, do I know this as well.

My parents don’t get enough credit, for choosing to trust God and their children instead of society, and for always helping and allowing us to give our best shot. For every time I receive praise for the (crazy) things I’ve been doing, like travelling solo, I give thanks and say a prayer for everyone who have gotten me here, especially my parents. My brothers are also off to a path of doing great things, God willing.

So if you’re a parent, I hope, if anything, that this shows all of us the kind of responsibility (& amanah) that being a parent is. It’s granted to us by Allah, one that we may never be deserving of but one we continue to strive to be better at, so let us not be lofty of the gift. To those who have been blessed with other gifts besides children, then know that you are blessed as well, and He has better plans for all of us. ❤️

(Sure, let’s not deny that this was a story of privilege as well, but this once, this was a story geared towards using all that privilege to reach an uncommonly large feat, of which will hopefully change the face of a nation and be of good to those who need it.)

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