July 23rd 2012, and I was wending my way to London, to the Olympic Stadium as it happens. All well and good, but why would I choose to write about it on July 23rd 2013..?
Excitement, enthusiasm, extra mileage that’s why!
I went up to see a technical rehearsal of the opening ceremony, I’d got a ticket because my brother was performing in the show, in the NHS section. He hadn’t told me anything about it, in keeping with the secrecy of it all, but he had spent months rehearsing.
I didn’t quite know what to expect, but the atmosphere as I arrived was easy to describe – excitement. To get the first glimpses of the huge buildings and the size of the Olympic Park really brought home the scale of the thing.
I had got to see the Olympic flame on its’ tour of Britain, and the swell of anticipation had lifted ever upwards. As a fan of the Olympics since 1976, there was no doubt now that London 2012 would be a biggie.
The ceremony started in an odd way, I’d call it subdued, with scenes of farmland and cricket matches. It was when the structured sections began, that the hairs began to rise, and it was such a thrill to see my brother doing his thing as one of the throng.
There were some real spine tingling moments, and having had this early peek of the show, I knew what everyone else had to come. When the show went ahead on the Friday, the country said a collective ‘WOW’, and that lasted for the whole of the 2 weeks of the Games.
It then carried on to the Paralympics, and what I found the most surprising was that people seemed to allow themselves to be happy. Plenty of comments along the lines of ‘I hate sport, but what a great Olympics!’
The feel good factor was palpable, and the British cynicism that it would return straight back to misery and gloom afterwards was not as loud as it might have been.
I think it carried on right to this summer, with more sporting success to fuel the flames, Andy Murray winning Wimbledon, and a new royal baby being born.
Excitement, enthusiasm, extra mileage!
The excitement of that summer, for my brother taking part, for me watching ( I particularly enjoyed my trip to see the Beach Volleyball), and for most of the country.
Enthusiasm that grew for the event, and enthusiasm to do things that we enjoy, without feeling guilty about it.
Extra mileage, because that feel good factor doesn’t have to be consigned to the history of the London 2012 Games. Why not make it a permanent part of your life? I’ve been writing along those lines for many many years, so really, why not?
Take the choice to be enthusiastic about what you do. If you’d rather be doing something else, set plans in place and take action towards it.
You don’t have to run or jump to get on board, it’s a choice of attitude, and it’s a choice available to all of us. Allow yourself to be happy!
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‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
P.S. If you fancy reading my many other posts on the subject, you can find then via this London 2012 link
P.P.S. One of them you’ll find there is about the ceremony – Goal Achievement – Olympic Show And Tell!