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Canadian Olympian Arjan S.Bhullar: Never Stop Dreaming

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Can you believe the 2012 Summer Olympics is only two days away? Since the competition only lasts for a little over two weeks it’s easy to forget that athletes have been training for this event for their entire lives. So today we want to spotlight one of our Canadian athletes, wrestler Arjan S. Bhullar, who has written an open letter addressed to his friends, family, and fans before heading over to London and has given SHE Canada permission to publish it today. Go Team Canada!

Arjan with his gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India

  By Arjan S. Bhullar Well here it is Team- my last entry before I head out the door for the Games. The last few months have been amazing to share with all of you, I hope everyone appreciated my efforts in trying to live my Olympic experience with all of you. I tried to keep everyone informed on my progress, and share some of my past and present experiences so you can see how crazy awesome the life of a wrestler is!!!! For those that didn‘t enjoy it….too bad! Ha!…..I will try to get on here at least once more before I compete in London. I am now preparing to head out the door and realize my lifelong dream; the one thing I have been sacrificing for and chasing my entire life. When we’re all kids we dream and imagine ourselves doing great things and living our lives full of passion and purpose….somewhere along the way people stop dreaming and get distracted by the countless illusions this world offers. Some people stop dreaming and believing and decide to give up on themselves. Somewhere along the way people close their minds off and decide to quit. I made a conscious decision to hang on to my dream, and do and do everything in my power to actually live it. I went through every single emotion and wanted to give up countless times along the way, but was fortunate enough to persevere. To endure. I feel very grateful to be able to say that I am now on the verge of fully realizing my childhood dream. As the saying goes, sacrifice now and live the rest of your life like a champion. The journey up until now has been very special and damn fun as well….from being greeted and escorted into the country by Crown Princes in Abu Dhabi, to watching an assault/kidnapping in broad daylight in Tiblisi, Georiga….to nights out with the boys around the world in places I either can’t remember now or won’t talk about in public….every single experience was worth it and was a part of bringing me to this point in my life. I am prepared and confident in my preparation. I have done everything possible to be physically and technically ready on August 11th when that whistle sounds, gonna keep working on the mental game until the day of. I had the opportunity like a couple of our guys to travel to Cuba or the USA for preparation camps, but decided to stick with the people and support network that got me this far. I am not Cuban, I am not American….I have trained here in Canada my entire life and felt it necessary to stay here heading into the most high-stakes tournament of my life. I don’t regret the decision at all. I wanna thank all the boys up on the mountain for helping me train and get ready for The Show. Iron sharpens iron, you guys got me ready and now ima do my thing. Wanna thank the entire Richmond crew for their love, and most importantly their support for the after party when I get back with that medal! Also thanks to the family, most of whom will be making the trip out to London to add to our Team Canada cheering section. B-Squad boys will be out in full force. Special thanks to my right hand man, and the toughest competitor I continue to wrestle even today- P. To the entire England crew, can’t wait to see ya guys out there! Also a big thank you to all my sponsors who decided to put their companies on the line and support me in my journey; special thanks to the Indo-Canadian community which rallied behind me through the years. Last but not least, special thanks to the entire Team Bhullar people up on here. I was asked a long time ago to join Twitter, but I don’t believe that BS- it’s more to generate hype than anything. I don’t’ feel you can’t share anything meaningful which can have any real impact on anyone’s life in 140 characters. I’d rather keep my life real simple and stick with my faithful few. It meant a lot to me to be able to share my thoughts and experiences with all of you. It allowed me to reflect, and enjoy the journey that much more. I will not forget the 268 people that walked alongside me into the 2012 Olympic Games. More people are sure to come aboard on Team Bhullar in the near future, but you 266 will always be remembered and appreciated. Time to head out to the Games. The opening ceremonies are on Friday, so keep an eye out for Team Canada! "If you are ever going to achieve as much as you can in a sport, you are going to have to be willing to make a leap of faith to learn how much your body can handle. BELIEVE baby, BELIEVE!!!!!!!

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