Thorpey has done something many of us wouldn’t dare: to ignore the approval of others.
Now that one of our greatest sporting legends has revealed an intimate snippet about himself – “I’m not straight” – he’s broken a new world record, outside the pool.
Thorpey is a truth teller and I want to be just like him.
As we all lie and some careers actually need lying, I once suggested on this blog that if people really knew what we thought of them, and vice versa, it would lead to a mass unfriending. Catch the post here.
Even in his recent interview with Parky, Thorpey said he didn’t think his fans would accept a gay champion. No doubt, at the time, he thought this would equal loss of fan approval and even lead to unfriending.
For the record, I simply don’t care about his sexuality, or anyone else’s, for that matter.
At the media launch officially announcing Australia’s participation, I sidestepped my team and the media throng, to get face time with the five-time Olympic swimming champion and holder of two world swimming records.
Thorpey (pictured at the launch) was gracious, softly spoken and a little pensive. As soon as we chatted about his then home in Switzerland, he lit up like a Christmas tree.
Fast forward to 2014.
Bravo to Thorpey for no longer needing the approval of others and getting on with life. He’s even inspired me to reveal a truth to a worldwide audience.
In a recent meeting, a business aquaintance scoffed at my love of football (soccer) and excitement over the World Cup. He called it “gay ball” with a few other choice remarks thrown in.
Sure, I protested at his discriminatory and “offensive” comments. But I now want to tell him what I really think: “You’re an oxygen thief!” What’s more, I look forward to our mutual unfriending.
- How important is getting the approval of others to succeed in life?