Don’t we all wish we were in Rio right about now? Maybe not Lochte but for the rest of us, sure, I wish I was in Brazil every day of my life but even more so right now during the Olympic Games – which TBH definitely snuck up on me. Were the Olympics always scheduled to take place in August of 2016? Don’t read and gape. That’s hazardous and BATP is a judgement free zone (how else would I be able to tell you about my embarrassing habits or like…. just my life y’all….). Regardless, I’m caught up now and before you know it, here we are with a couple more games left and countless memories of surprising wins, historical world-records and the spirit.
Oh, the spirit…
If only the feeling of unity would last forever. Could you imagine what the world would be like if we let ourselves be surprised by the potential of human beings every day of our lives and the success we would find if everyone would willingly came together for a common cause? It’s like the Olympics turns on a “everyone be nice” switch. All of a sudden tolerance for diversity skyrockets and 10M people across the globe applaud the refugee team for being brave or when South Africa takes home a gold. But then back home, we deal with the Trumps of the world, closing our borders making bravery to escape condemnable and don’t even get me started on racism around police brutality. Perspective.
The games also creates a spirit of motivation. First of all, you are seeing the definition of hard work can get you literally anything you want and seeing is believing. Then there is the whole inspiration thing because nothing will inspire you more than regular people following their dreams and pushing their capabilities to set records and make history. So go ahead, create unrealistic goals and when people tell you its impossible, remember 11,000 athletes in Rio think otherwise.
These athletes are fearless…. and here I’m fretting AF about my dentist appointment tomorrow. Psh.
Here’s to finding your inner Olympian,