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.


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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

I'm a blogger, film critic, & podcaster with an MA in English from California State University, Fullerton. I teach public school, 4th grade as my primary occupation. My views on films and life are usually headstrong and often 'left of center' on movies and life, but I have respect for the other side. I married my high-desert princess (now my queen). We have 3 children.