A Tribute to Retiring SuperAthletes

This is one in a series of tributes that recognizes and honours people experiencing transitions of all kinds: career, retirement, health, relationship, and various life stages. Your thoughts, comments and feedback are most welcome!

A Tribute to Retiring SuperAthletes

The quiet is torturous
after the deafening cheers,
roaring applause,
the whoosh of speed
rush of adrenaline
screaming fans
referees’ whistles gone
Only the crushing wind blowing now.

Days of glory and sexiness
You are the Dream
You are the Fantasy
your body invincible,
muscles ripped,
built like a machine made to win.

Athletically gifted
super strong
sheer stamina
farther to fall
farther for your soul
to crash and splinter
into shreds of humanness.

Unimaginable that one day
Your superstar athleticism
disappears, gone.
No cheers
no calls
no contracts
falling accolades
falling out with your First Love
the deafening silence of transition
cold quiet inside like outside
numbing the pain with pills, booze, reefer, sex.

Saying goodbye to
the fierce physical competitiveness
to your athletic family
coach, team mates, competitors,
locker room gabbing and bashing
fist-bumping and high-fiving,
cheering, hammering each other
the way family do.

Your first career came easily, effortlessly, to you
like the gift it was
now you have to WORK to create, to know,
your life purpose.

You knew this day would arrive
no one to blame
not even those who led you to believe
the dream of forever
somewhere in the shadow of your soul
You knew
one day it would haunt you
That day is here.

Who is on your Dream Team now?
Who is there to help you?
Who is supporting you through this loss and agony?
Who is your friend?
Hang on to them, find more,
You’re recreating yourself SuperStar.

Be strong and courageous
Be the leader you are.
The belief you had in yourself and your talent
necessary to get to the top
to overcome obstacles
You trained your mind
trained your body
Coach didn’t do this
You did this
Coach gave you tools
and you used them.

You have a special gift
and you’re not special.
You’re human
You have a choice
You have the opportunity
to fall in love again
with life
with your family.
To learn and know your values,
at the core of you
your real core.
To challenge yourself in new ways,
find new meaning
find new ways to give back
and give out.

Take your extraordinary gift,
Your extraordinary training
and train your mind anew
Your powerful mind reached it
succeeded once
focus on the positive
focus on your strengths
create new habits
create a new lifestyle
focus on the goal
Your next dream.

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2 Responses to A Tribute to Retiring SuperAthletes

  1. ruthtamari says:

    Thank you Mariana!

  2. mariana grinblat says:

    this is lovely, thank you, Mariana.

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