I love the summer Olympics! I love watching swimming, athletics, cycling, diving, gymnastics and all those sports you never get to see at other times of the year. It inspires me to try new sports, to play more sports, to get out and do more.
It inspires me to see these athletes who have set a goal and dedicated a large part of their life to achieving a dream. All of the athletes have not doubt given up many other attractive – and possibly easier to achieve - options in the process. Some of them no doubt will be disappointed by their performance in London. Some of them will be surprised by their performance. But they all earn our respect for the effort that they put in to reach the Olympic Games.
People all over the world are making their goals happen, not just in sports, but in all areas of life – doctors, scientists, humanitarians, environmentalists, artists, musicians, writers and many more. Sports and the Olympic Games merely provide a very visible, easily accessible reminder that people can make extraordinary things happen.
It makes you take a good hard look at where you are in your life and consider “what are my goals?” and “what have I done to make those goals real?”. I intend to ride the wave of Olympic inspiration, do big things and set myself up for success.
This inspiration, to practise, to persevere and to accomplish goals, is also the thing that I would most like my children to begin to understand as they watch the Olympics. Will they see that message if I am sitting on the couch merely watching other people doing big things?
What do you love about watching the Olympics?