The Olympics are fun to watch but it’s also sad when you see races like the snowboarding race with Lindsey Jacobellis. I wanted so badly for her to get redemption for her mistake at the last Olympics; instead she made another mistake that took her out of the competition. I can’t imagine how awful that feels. Four years is a long time to wait to redeem yourself. Plus not only to you have to wait four years but you also have to train and work hard for four years- then in one second you can crash and void all your hard work and patience. I’m so glad I’m not an athlete- that’s way too much pressure. I was impressed by all her interviews before the race when she discussed what she had learned from the last Olympics and wanted her story to end with a gold medal- then she crashed. I can’t imagine how disappointing that would feel, especially since she could have won. It was not a goal that was out of reach, she was good enough to win.
I’m glad that for most the things I want in life and for most of the mistakes I make I can begin to redeem myself the second the mistake is made- I don’t have to wait four years to correct my mistakes with the possibility that when my chance comes I could easily make the same mistake. That’s intense. I’m glad I can begin redeeming or improving myself the instant I’m inspired. One of my favorite things about my job is being able to see this same concept working in other people’s life. When someone calls in looking for a reading program to help them learn how to read you can feel their desire to improve themselves and their commitment to change. It’s fun to hear people excited to improve themselves and their abilities.
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