Friday, February 26, 2010
Giving it Your All - from Carol Steward
I don't know about you, but I look forward to the Olympics and this year, I was even more excited to watch as much as possible. I love seeing the new generations of athletes putting themselves out there for fans worldwide to cheer and admire, and critique. More than ever before, I'm amazed to see what they go through to compete year after year. The injuries and surgeries they've been through make my back ache just to hear about them.
I still get teary-eyed when I hear about Dan Janzen's sister dying right before he raced. After Joannie Roachette's performance, just two days after her mother's death, I couldn't help but cry, especially when I saw her father sitting in the stands alone - cheering his daughter on - knowing her mother wouldn't want his daughter to back away. I admire the courage and strenth that these Olympians share with all of us as we watch in awe, and realize they aren't perfect. They don't live charmed lives. They give everything they have for the chance to prove they're the best. In a flash, it can go from perfection, to tragedy - but they don't ever give up.
We all, whether Olympians, or ordinary folks, can be inspired by the examples set for us this last two weeks. We all face obstacles and disappointments that test us every day. Every day, we need to follow their example, to give it our all and never give up.