I’m not particularly a huge fan of any of the Olympic sports. I like basketball, volleyball, and a few others, but there is something grander going on here. There’s something about knowing when I’m asleep, working, or just going about my day, the world is coming together for this spectacle. Welcome to the Olympics.
It’d be easy to pass by the channels. Heck, I don’t even have a TV or cable. When I’m around a television, I tend to try to tune in to what is happening with the Olympics. You’d better believe I check in regularly to see how the good old US of A is doing in the games.
There is something sensational and spectacular about events like this.
It doesn’t only apply to the Olympics.
One of my greatest memories of eighth grade was that the World Cup was going on. I was getting ready to transition from Junior High to High School. It was, to say the least, an interesting time in my life. I think the teachers realized that. Some were very lenient with us. For some, that included putting on the World Cup, allowing the class to enjoy the chase for soccer’s ultimate bragging rights.
Equate it to The NBA Finals, The World Series, The Stanley Cup Playoffs, and so on. Knowing that millions of eyes are tuning in, even with little to no vested interest on some occasions (favorite teams), is such a cool feeling.
I remember watching the Presidential Election (for some strange reason) as a child. The one I particularly remember was Bush vs. Gore. I had my handheld RadioShack television under the covers of my bed as my family slept. I remember going to bed at 2:00am, after a weird turn of events with Gore being announced winner, then Bush, then who knew… recounts to follow.
There are lots of events like this that we can stop to enjoy. Sometimes just thinking about a large congregation of people coming together to compete is enough to make us smile. Enjoy the little things. While it is the Olympics today, there’s surely enough to find joy in.