Why This USA Runner's 5-Year-Old Tweet Is Inspiring Tons Of People

Star runner *and* fortune teller.

Morolake Akinosun is a 22-year-old on the verge of graduating from the University of Texas in December.

But before that, she is headed to Rio de Janeiro this week in the hopes of medaling in the Olympics 4x100-meter race, an achievement she correctly predicted almost exactly five years ago.

Akinosun tweeted in 2011: "In 2016 I will be 22, graduated from a school I have not chosen yet, and going to the olympics."

And what do you know, five years later and Akinosun is about to do both those things. 

"At the time I tweeted that out, it was more of a dream and an aspiration," Akinosun told BuzzFeed, adding that she sent out that tweet after catching the World Championships for track and field on TV. "[In 2011], I wasn't on the level yet and I didn't know for sure that I would ever get there, but I for sure wanted to get there."

Over the weekend, Akinosun retweeted her prophecy, if you will, proving that sometimes, you can will things into existence if you want them badly enough.

Her retweet has since been shared nearly 200,000 times and liked by more than 350,000 people. 

"It wasn't always easy, and no one knows the work that I put in the five years in between the two tweets," Akinosun told BuzzFeed. "I put in a lot, a lot, a lot of hard work over the course of the five years, and I went after my dream."

She also advised other girls that if they have big aspirations of their own, to "go ahead and go after it, no matter how big it is, no matter how many people think your dream is unachievable. It's yours — go for it."


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