So, one of the greatest moments in sports begun last Friday, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC (British Columbia), Canada. I always felt that 2010 would be a good year for me, or rather, hopeful that I would have a good year this year. The Olympics was always something I look forward to, simply because I am a general sports fan. I get excited just seeing all these athletes all over the world compete in these different sport events and fulfill their dreams and desires. Many athletes are just excited to be able to compete in the Olympics and experience one of the greatest, possibly a once-in-a-lifetime moment or an ongoing moment in their lives. Some athletes dream of challenging themselves that they can achieve their personal best and the whole world gets to witness these personal bests being made. And then there is the rarity where some athletes are under pressure by the expectations of their home countries where their goals are either Olympic Gold or nothing, which to many people, is a dream that is near impossible unless you seriously have to put a lot of your time and your effort— even safe to say to give up your life— in order to be perfect with whatever sport you may do.
You know, I always think that there’s an athlete somewhere in each and every one of us at some point in our lives. The only thing is that there are those who are truly dedicated to sport and those who only get in to sports as a recreational hobby or just a part of their health routines. I’m even appalled that many parents of these athletes give up their normal lives by enrolling them at some specialized sports academy where they dedicate themselves to training rigorously for something that was supposed to be for fun. Some athletes are even homeschooled and spend most of their days training until they are well-conditioned and perfect to perform in sports competitions.
Just thinking about these things I don’t think I could ever live that kind of life. For one thing it costs a lot of money just to enroll at a possibly lifetime-based sports training program. Second, you wouldn’t be able to get a chance on how it feels to live as a normal person living an average everyday life and meeting with everyday people like yourself. You’d most likely make friends with others who are in the same program as you or not make any friends at all. Lastly, you can’t really just go out, hang out with your friends, party at someone’s house, and all that. You’re in a curfew and you hold a very strict yet organized schedule.
Now that I thought of it, if I seriously put my whole heart in to Taekwondo when I used to train back in college, I would’ve been an Olympian for summer games. But, alas, I didn’t get in to the martial art just to compete. I got in to it because I wanted to learn at least one martial art, which is one of my personal lifetime goals. One day, should it ever happen in my lifetime, if a summer (or winter?) Olympics do get hosted by San Francisco (and we’ve got awesome sports facilities here around the bay area!) I would so seriously sign up as a volunteer worker there. Thing is, for which event?
This summer is also the 2010 World Cup that will be held in South Africa. Now, soccer isn’t as much of a mainstream sport here as say… basketball, baseball, (American) football, and such, but we do have a soccer league here. I have a hard time keeping up with all these soccer teams anyway that the only time I watch soccer is during the World Cup. Though some people say that I should always root for my own country, I’m just a general sports fan. I’d cheer for any team who I feel should deserve to win while watching these teams climb up to the final spots before the finals.
I think just seeing these athletes climb their way to the final spots has always been the most exciting part (winning the entire tournament is just icing of the cake) for me for various reasons. It motivates me to become successful with whatever goals I may have listed, motivating me that if these athletes can make it all the way to the top, so can I with my own goals. Other than that, I just like watching these athletes simply because they’re exciting to watch. There are sports that average people just wouldn’t be able to master, but with these athletes ripping the stage with their own events truly amaze me. I seriously commend them for the major guts they’ve got to show the whole world what they’re seriously made of.
Once I finally get a seriously stable job I’m thinking of getting in to Taekwondo again. I’m only a belt away from a black belt, but because I haven’t been in the martial art for so long that I would have to re-train the fundamentals again, especially those difficult-to-remember Korean terms that come along with it.