Interview with an Inspirational Mind

“Mind is the master power that moulds and makes
And man is mind and evermore he takes
The tool of thought and shaping what he wills
Brings forth a thousand joys; a thousand ills
He thinks in secret and it comes to pass
Environment is but his looking glass.”

So says James Allen, a pioneering figure of modern inspirational thought, seeing through eyes of a journalist how great men formulate their inherent energy into a productive positive light.

Last Saturday I was given the opportunity to interview a man of great inspiration, Charith Kapukotuwa. Not many people give priority to spirituality, but his performance and the principles he live by demonstrate the importance of it.
Charith Kapukotuwa was born in 1990 and first started schooling at Chilaw Ananda College. His father was a shot putter and evidently his father has been his inspiration in driving him into the athletic arena based on throwing skills. Aiming to be as great as his father he practiced under his guidance and started to display his true colours at the age of 14. Having witnessed the great athlete in him, he was given the opportunity to join Royal College where he explored his inspiration widely. After completing high school he joined the Chadron State College in USA to study Criminal Justice and Forensics.
Having explored his potential through school level at the South Asian and Asian level, in a step by step fashion and lately having hit a personal best of 17.03m in shot-putting at the national collegiate associates outdoor track and field championship, 
he currently intends to hit a medal at the 2016 Olympics representing Sri Lanka.

To be a striving  and steadfast athlete one must be able to fight the negativities that hover over him and prevent his entity from pouring all his energy into the game in having to strain himself holding back the ‘what if’s that generate internal entropy which in turn hinders one's consistency.
In answer to this matter, he mentioned he involved in an activity that unites the body and mind in being one pointed - meditation and yoga. These simple and universal practices can in fact enhance the performance of an athlete to a great degree.
Speaking of which, college athletes are faced with great many challenges related to managing time. Having dealt with the numerous assignments, submissions, projects and reports etc, one may need to flush out all the stress and the weight of academics, for which Charith adopted the said practices.

Managing time is a critical issue every student athlete faces.  He has to be good in class and has to do what he loves, the sport. That leaves no time to be wasted. I asked Charith how he managed the day when he was attending college. Routine was his answer. He decides what's to be done within the day in the morning and makes a list of it. Academia gets the first priority in the list. He spends the day practicing shot-putting and once done he spends the rest of the day making himself thorough with what he learns in academics. His free time being spent listening to music or a hearty conversation with his mother. That sheds light to the importance of spending every moment in time not letting your  entirety go haywire.
His final advice to all aspiring young athletes is to keep believing in themselves and steadfastly drive them towards one's targets. One must believe, regardless of difficulties, for belief itself is forceful enough to clear the way to ultimate success.

He's currently graduated from Chadron State University and is planning to start on higher studies from November while continuously practicing and working hard on a daily basis to achieve his targets for the Olympics, step by step.

The entirety of the MoraSpirit family wishes him all the very best in accomplishing his future endeavors and making his Olympian dream come true.

 - Chamanthi Denisha Jayaweera

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