Alex and I, along with most of the rest of the nation, have been sporadically tuning into the summer Olympics to watch great athletes complete at the peak of their talents. But one of the more inspiring moments that I have seen this summer (outside of the girl’s gymnastics team bringing home gold) was this Nike commercial (I know, really, a Nike commercial?).
As Alex pointed out, Nike is really great at selling motivational athletic ideals (in hopes that people will be inspired and buy all new Nike stuff to get in better shape). However, I still applaud them for showing this commercial, because in the middle of the Olympics, when we are watching the fittest people in the world compete, it is great to see someone who is struggling with weight motivated to do something about it.
It goes into the general mindset of America, we look down upon people that are fat or overweight (even though 63% of Americans are either overweight or obese) and then sneer at their attempts to do something about it. When I was overweight I would see someone else who was overweight jogging along the road and secretly hate them because they pointed out that I was overweight and not trying to change. They made me feel bad about myself and so I would make some comment in my head that what they were doing wasn’t working anyway because they were still fat, all in a vain attempt to make myself feel better about not exercising.
I like this commercial because it gets to the heart of the issue, not caring what other people think and knowing that you want to make a change and doing it. It is working out even when you feel self conscious in front of the other people at the gym or running after work even when you have had a bad day. It is digging deep and knowing there is a well of strength you can pull from. Next time you don’t feel like working out or are self conscious about it, just think about this kid and how much courage it took to be in this commercial.
I also like him because his name is Nathan.
From one Nathaniel to a Nathan – Keep up the work kid, and you will reach your goal.