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Imagine me in a puddle of tears after watching this video. I hadn’t clicked on it thinking – oh, this is really just going to destroy me today. Instead, I clicked on it as I took a break from paying bills, making a million phone calls, and eating a late breakfast on a morning that said it was Friday but was sure feeling like a Monday. Truthfully, the tears started to well not even 35 seconds into the video as Katy sang, I will not conform, no matter how you shake my core and I couldn’t help but think about the continued terror in France I read about when I woke up this morning, and all of the hate and pain our country has seen this last year.
I’ve never really been an “Olympic junkie.” I grew up occasionally watching the Winter Olympics, mostly because my mom loved the figure skating and somehow sucked the rest of us into it too (that was back when Scott Hamilton was a fan fave – my mom his biggest I’m pretty sure). It’s not that I didn’t care, I just rarely watched it the older I got. Friends of mine would have actual Olympic parties, complete with brackets and contests and themes… fun, but still – I just never got into it.
This year has been different though. While I have my own feelings about the health & safety concerns of the host city for this year’s Olympic games, I’ve found myself following some of the athletes who will be attending… reading their stories and watching interviews. How did I never realize before that the Olympics not only stands for patriotism and teamwork and greatness, but that people and teams are judged on their talent – NOT on the color of their skin, NOT on the religion they claim, NOT on the background they come from. And yet we all still cheer for them, even if those things differ from us individually. I can’t think of another time EVER that this happens.
We need a reason to celebrate, to cheer, to come together – now more than ever. So yes, I will be watching the Olympics this year, and I will be cheering – not just for America, but for the greatness that still exists in the world. Champions still rise up, no matter how many times they get knocked down. Can I get an AMEN?
Will you be watching this year?