I was unlocking my bike after working out at the 24 Hour Fitness and overheard a conversation that literally made me want to run after 2 guys and punch them. Two sweaty guys who appeared to be in pretty decent shape walked past me talking about triathletes.

Guy 1: “Cause you know only about 10% of them are gifted athletes…”
Guy 2: “Yeah only about 10% of them.”
Guy 1: “And the rest are….”
Both “Wannabes”
Guy 1: “Yeah real wannabes”

Please note: neither of these guys appeared to be a professional athlete. These guys looked like they spent a few hours a week at their local sports bars harassing female servers. I was aghast at what they said. Wannabes? Really?

Urban Dictionary defines wannabe as the following:

Poser, follower, a charlatan of sorts. One who copies or immitates all or most of the aspects dealing with their idol. They may wish to have certain clothing, skills, vocabulary, etc., of their idols instead of their own. Most likely a wannabe is lacking in self confidence and is looking for guidance.

Anyone professional athlete, weekend warrior, or a newbie who trains for something like a triathlon is not lacking in self confidence. Someone who sacrifices personal time to complete a goal is not a charlatan. These individuals deserve much more respect than what the two jackhole’s gave them. And I along with a lot of people I know are wannabes according to the definition provided by these two geniuses.


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