Whether a person wins a gold medal by blasting down a slope, paints a masterpiece, or composes a beautiful song, mastering anything takes dedication and grit, and when we are lucky enough to experience the work of someone who has paid their dues to reach a level of mastery it makes us realize our own potential. As others improving themselves they raise the bar for others to improve themselves as well. Experiencing the elation of realizing your own potential or experiencing it vicariously awakens our senses and makes us feel alive and cultivates hope. Whether a person was born in New York or New Guinea, this is a human universal, which why the arts and sports are so good at bringing people together. Being able to engage in the creative process and push past our limitations is what makes humanity great, and it’s why a sport can be an art and why art is power.