Saw @maiashibutani & @alexshibutani (@shibsibs) and many amazing Team USA ice skaters performing at the 2018 Stars On Ice show!! For those of you who don't know Alex and Maia Shibutani, they are the first ice dance team of Asian descent to win a medal at the Olympic Games. They inspire me because they changed my perspective on how I view my capabilities and challenges. Alex and Maia doesn't view the fact that they are a sibling team and that they are Asian American as a disadvantage. Nor do they think they won the Olympics despite those facts. "We have become successful BECAUSE we are siblings and family. Not in spite of that fact. We have challenged ourselves to grow, innovate, and embrace what makes us different from other teams BECAUSE our differences are what make us unique." Korea (in general) thinks being different gives you a handicap - 'Why be different and risk your chances of success when you could just blend in and guarantee yourself a relatively comfortable achievement?' Everyone is expected to go to a prestigious school, study hard, pass tests, and go through each phase of career and life at an age that is considered appropriate and "right". People don't want to be doubted, or be doubting themselves, so they try to fit in with the qualities and qualifications society deems "suitable" for a job, school, relationship, and gender.
What we do to sustain ourselves in the short run is slowly making us sink and crumble down in the long run.
Being different actually empowers you and makes you stronger and undefeatable. We just need to know how to use and leverage that uniqueness to our competency. Also, we need to remember to believe in ourselves truly and wholeheartedly no matter what, especially with all the stereotypes and doubters that will keep dragging us down. "You don’t have to fit the mold or follow the path that everyone else is on. Just find, and be yourself."
(inspirational quotes from @alexshibutani )
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