Definition of Champion

A champion is a person who is not concerned about the eyes on me but rather the eyes within. A true champion measures her/his success on her/his own terms.


I favorited this on Flickr

There is no trophy other than the one a champion self-grants. The world says to go for the gold but the true champion knows that gold is symbolic and not the actual goal.

I just watched the documentary Gleason last night and he was a champion in football by everyone’s standards. Later in life while managing ALS, he was again a champion for lobbying the government to provide special speaking devices for ALS patients. Even that is what we read in the press, a trophy of sorts.

His day to day survival and finding contentment is what I see the real champ in. Only the person knows if she/he is a true champion.

There is something I want badly to say to someone who has wronged me. I need to find out what makes me tick and be about the business of that, not confronting people in anger. If I can refrain, I am a champion, though unsung. I’d rather be an unsung champion and know who I am in peace than an external one based on a symbol like a trophy in front off the masses.

Author: Damien Riley

Damien Riley is a blogger, film reviewer, & podcaster who writes a column at RileyCentral.blog once a week. He has an MA in English from California State University, Fullerton. He married a high-desert princess (now his queen). They have 3 children.

Leave a Reply