Money and fame—these are the first major benefits that come to mind when you imagine what life is like for a professional athlete.
It makes sense: Pro athletes offer a rare talent in an industry that generates billions of dollars despite employing a relatively small workforce.
One wrong step can shred a person’s knee, so athletes protect themselves with contracts—something most of us will never see over the duration of our careers. And because at their core, sports are a form of highly demanded entertainment, athletes are as natural being spokespersons and philanthropists as they are being the subject of breaking news.
Yep, money and fame are the big but very narrow labels for the contrast that is the pro athlete’s life compared to us dudes and ladies.
You and I, we pay for everything—other than the occasional buy-one-get-one-free deal, what the average person gets in life is limited by what they can pay for…or are handed down.
For athletes, the contract, the headlines—these are only a key that opens a veritable Pandora’s Box of power and prestige simply not compatible with our universe.
The kicker? By and large all of things are as awesome as they sound.
Yeah, there are always sad stories about men and women who soared to the top, only to lose it all. But while these are good parables that help put the precious value of our humble existence in the right perspective, they don’t change the fact that we will never receive a complimentary crate of Skittles.
These are 21 of the thousands of reasons athletes’ lives are way better than ours.