Please humor me for a moment as I express my thoughts at the moment.
I have 2 sporting events that live for. The World Cup and The Olympics. I love the World Cup for its competiveness and greatness. Its also my favorite sport.
However, I love the Olympics for so much more. Its by far my favorite sporting event. The competitors, the winners the losers and more importantly...the joining of a world.
For 2 weeks, athletes from around the world put aside their differences to take part in the greatest spectacle we will ever know. they show the rest of us that we can live together, that we can all be friends and that all we need is one thing in common to spark that light in all of us.
When an Olympic athlete is on the ice, snow o whevere they may be, they arent thinking about what religion their opponent is - what race they are - or even where they are from. They simply want to win! They show true competiveness and the desire to be the best. And when they lose, they do so gracefully (except for the diva figure skaters)
For us its a nice show on TV that we may pay attention to, or we may not. Some of us may not even know its going on. But for them, its a life long journey that culminates every 4 years. Some are fortunate enough to experience it more than once. While the majority only get 1 shot.
For them its not about beating a specefic country because of their beliefs or culture, its about showing what they have trained their whole life for. Its about the spirit of the games and taking pride in what you do.
For too long, governments have bickered, battled and held senseless grudges. If all it takes is 2 weeks of a world to come together, why cant it always be this way?
the closing ceremoinies are always a bitter sweet time. Its an amazing show that i enjoy, but its also an end to all I love about what the Olympics represents.
I know that in a short time, we all forget about the times we spent cheering our countries athletes on and sharing the memories with those we care about.
We will also forget how athletes who dedicate their lives to a sport, showed us that we can all live peacefully, together without hate, and without judgement. This is what makes me most sad.
Yes, i cried like a little baby and will cry after the next closing ceremonies. i will watch replays of the Olympics in an attempt to get that feeling of joy, compassion and excitement back. It will never do the job though. all it does is prolong the inevitable loss of a magical moment that I will have to wait another 4 years for.
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