I think it's safe to say that the Olympics inspires us all. Whether you're four years old and make that life-changing decision to be just like the athletes on tv, or you're 45 years old sitting back in awe of the huge stunts performed by the 21 year olds on the half-pipe, we get inspired. Every two years, we glue ourselves to the television set for fourteen days, and watch as the world competes for the title "Olympic Champion". We come together as a nation. It doesn't matter if we're Republican or Democrat, or what our personal thoughts are on Torte Reform. We all raise our hands in the air and scream wildly at the sight of our home flag rising above the rest. We tear up at the sound of our National Anthem, playing so sweetly to the intimate audience of 4 billion. And although we watch from our living rooms, bar stools, and dorm common rooms, we watch together, and we feel just as proud and ecstatic about the medals earned as the athletes do. Because, while they win for themselves on one level, they also win for us on another.

Really, so few of us will grow up to compete in the Olympic Games, and even fewer will be coronated as"Olympic Champions". And the truth of the matter is, if you're reading this right now, your shot at an Olympic medal is probably nothing more than a distant fantasy of "what might have been". But that's ok. We move on to other dreams and goals. We push ourselves in different ways, and we leave the medal winning to other people.


Just because we don't have the title of "Olympic Champion" on our resumes, doesn't mean we don't have Golden Moments. Sometimes, they come in small packages like making it to the gym 5 out of 7 days. Or when a 2.5 year old tells you she missed you. Maybe it'll be finally getting that promotion you worked so hard for. Or maybe, it'll just be one of those days where everything falls into place perfectly. So, for the rest of this year, I challenge you to look for the Golden Moments in your lives. I can guarantee they won't come daily, maybe not even weekly, but they'll be there. And when they come, soak them up. Absorb them. Feel great about yourself, and don't let anyone knock you off the podium.

Afterall, we may lead ordinary lives but we can certainly have extraordinary days.
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  1. Mandy Says:

    So so true, my dear. This made me teary and I could sort of hear the national anthem playing in the background. The Olympics are so inspiring.

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