When the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) Simone Biles said, “Not Today,” the world took notice.
And we should.
This is my interpretation of what happened. Simone Biles, elite gymnast and Olympic gold medalist performed a vault that didn’t go well. Then she made the stunning decision to pull out of the gymnastics team competition at the Olympics.
I’ve never met or talked to Simone Biles. I only know what she chooses to share in the media. I am a long time fan, but in the moment that she pulled back and said, “Nope, not today,” on the arguably the biggest moment of her life — I became a bigger fan. It takes real self-awareness, confidence and a huge amount of wisdom to stand up and say, “I know there are crazy expectations on me, but I’m not the best person for the job today. But you know who is? My teammates.” Then she stepped aside and cheered on her teammates.
Like I said, I don’t know her, and I can only guess at her motivations and reasons. But in my mind, she stepped up to be a hero for so many women feeling huge expectations on them. There is a grinding pressure on women–some real and some we put on ourselves–that often wears us down. To me, Simone Biles, gave us a powerful message:
Sometimes it’s okay to say, “Not today.”