While watching the Olympics the past few days I think what I have enjoyed the most has been the sheer joy of some of the participants.
These are some of the best athletes in the world and to see how excited some are just to participate and others are to win, it reminds me that they are just like the rest of us, real human beings.
When you think of a Katie Ledecky or a Michael Phelps it’s easy to think of them almost as machines as they have been so dominant in their fields (Ledcky for the the past 4 years and Phelps for what seems like the past 4 decades). They experience the same highs and lows as the rest of us, the same pain and anguish and the same excitement with success. It’s easy to take them for granted (watching Ledecky in the 400 Meter Freestyle it was easy to forget she was racing other people as it became quickly apparent she was racing history and world records and the others were racing for second place). Then when you see her big smile after winning, you realize she experiences the same joy as anyone else, she just masks it some to help her prepare for the next race.
When you watch the Olympics don’t think about “us vs them” or anything of the sort, watch people at the very top of their field experience the highs and lows of life and enjoy every minute of it.
Have a great day!