Will You Be Watching?
The Olympic Summer Games begin tonight with the excitement and pageantry of the Opening Ceremony. Will you be watching friends? I certainly will be, with Husband at my side. I am excited that London is the place where all the action is this time, one of my favorite places to visit.
We will settle on the couch and most likely enjoy some pub type fare in honor of the host city. I enjoy the parade of nations most. There’s just something wonderful and inspiring about it. I think my feelings come from the idea that cultural and political differences can be set aside for this (albeit brief) period of time.
The differences, especially the cultural ones, are something to be celebrated anyway. How tragic it would be if we were all the same.
Some of my fondest memories from childhood revolve around this night. I remember watching the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Opening Ceremonies in my grandmother’s living room on the east coast. Los Angeles 1984, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 were enjoyed with my parents at home in California (I don’t recall Montreal 1976 all that well, I was a little one then-I wish I could remember Nadia’s perfect 10). I watched Beijing 2008 with my new husband. It was wonderful having time together as a family and watching something so amazing.
History is always made. There is always something about it you will never forget. For me it’s about seeing people demonstrating what is good in us, and what we all have the potential to do. It’s about celebration and emotion, dedication and love. It is incredibly brave, going before the world and trying, even shining, like that. Every single participant is a success, no matter how they finish.
When the Beijing games ended four years ago it seemed like London was such a long way off. But here we are. Time always finds a way to fly by, for better or worse. Of course the Winter Games are equally exciting. With two year intervals between we don’t have long to wait in witnessing the excitement and experiencing our national pride. Sochi, Russia 2014 will be here before we know it.
Watching all the athletes and their healthy, powerful and amazing bodies over the next two weeks will inspire me to get off my lazy butt and get in shape, eat well and make better choices. This happens every time. I hope I can stay inspired long after the games are over.
They make it all look so easy. Whether it’s running a marathon, swimming for miles, lifting 500 pounds overhead or showing a 4 inch wide balance beam who’s boss.
Go World. And good luck, athletes.
To me you are all as great as gold.