A Year of Gifts
Were you lucky enough to see the pure joy reflected on the faces of the US Women’s hockey team when they won gold at the Olympics? Or Shaun White’s reaction when he won gold on the Halfpipe? If you didn’t, go find the video. You don’t want to miss it. I guarantee it will make you smile.
The Olympic Games bring tremendous highs and tremendous lows. Are those emotional extremes part of the appeal for the millions of people tuning in to watch? Where else can you find almost 3,000 incredibly dedicated individuals all in one place, pursuing what is likely one of their biggest life goals? Many have given up literally years of their lives for the potential to win a medal and have a few minutes of fame. Of course some will enjoy the spotlight for much longer, but there are 102 events in 15 different sports, some of which I’ve never even heard of until this year. If they win, the eyes of the world will be upon them as they stand on the podium, but few will remember their names when the games conclude.
We were amazed by the magnificently talented women ice skaters as they competed their long programs on Thursday night. We felt their pain when they fell, sometimes more than once, and know they had to feel shattered inside. Despite the pressure and crushing disappointment, no one quit. Think about that for a minute. Every single one dug deep and finished her program. That takes a level of commitment and, let’s be honest, sheer guts that most of us could only dream of possessing. I admire the ones who give their all and come up short as much as the ones that take home a medal. They are all winners. Women’s figure skating is only one example. You will witness both the elation of winning and the devastation of defeat in each event.
My hope for the athletes is that every single one of them, regardless of how their competitions turned out, goes home with a sense of joy and wonder to have had the opportunity to represent their countries and thousands of athletes back home.
Most of us will never be any closer to the games than our televisions, at least I know I won’t be! So what can we take away from this experience?
So if you stumble and fall in the pursuit of what makes your soul sing, get up, brush yourself off, and keep going. Don’t quit. Don’t worry if you shed a few tears. What matters is you don’t quit.
Stay patient and trust your own journey, Kim
Kimberly Diede Author
Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! My name is Kimberly Diede and I'm a fiction author and family girl. When time permits, I am happiest with a great cup of coffee in one hand and a book in the other. I love to alternate between reading and writing. Winters here can be long, dark and cold. Summers are unpredictable, lovely and always too short. Every season of the year, as in every season of life, is a gift. Let's celebrate it together!