by Amanda Forester
I confess. I'm addicted to the Olympics. Even as I write this blog I'm watching the ladies' free skate. Has anyone had that 'wish I was an Olympic figure skater' dream? Or perhaps its near cousin, 'I wish I looked like an Olympic figure skater' dream! But alas, I will never jump or spin or pull my leg up over my head (so painful even to watch!). And as for the skin-tight bedazzled outfits, that's just never going to happen. (Pic: Yuna Kim by David Carmichael)
Despite my utter lack of athletic prowess, or perhaps because of it, I find myself glued to the television watching the games. Lately, I have been fascinated by sports I only watch every four years when the Olympics come around. From the skeleton to the downhill, ski jumping to freestyle, I am transfixed watching athletes do things that would kill the average mortal.
I have tried to infect my family with Olympics fever, but they are stubbornly immune. I get blank stares at the bobsled, yawns at the giant slalom, and outright snores at cross country skiing. And yet, I am undeterred. The only member of my family I have convinced to enjoy the games with me is kitten, who has a new game of attacking the skiers as they race down the hill. Watch out Maze - fuzzy kitten is after you!
I am always amazed at the dedication is takes to be an Olympian. Let's face it, I will never march in an opening ceremonies or compete for my country. Yet I am still inspired by these athletes' amazing abilities and the years of hard work it took to get there. The determination the athletes show makes me wonder what I could achieve if I put that same dedication into my writing?
I'm not sure what being an Olympic writer would look like (I'm am very grateful writing does not require me to wear a skin-tight jumpsuit!), but I'm sure if I approached this endeavor with similar discipline, I could only improve. So here's to doing what you love like an Olympian! What are your 'go for the gold' passions in life?