Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Olympic Fever

You would think that someone like me wouldn't be watching the Olympics, but you would be wrong. Just because I have physical limitations doesn't mean that I don't enjoy watching the athletes compete. Their strength and agility amazes me as it should most people. Let's face it, very few of us can do what they do.

Another reason I watch the Olympics is because it gives me a break from the routine. I can turn on the TV during the day and watch an event or I can go online to check out scores and see video of events I missed. When my husband comes home from work, I have something to talk about. I tell him if the U.S. got any more medals, the latest controversy, who is doing what when, etc. I follow swimming and gymnastics the most.

Even when I was still able-bodied, nobody would consider me athletic. However, when I was a little kid my parents enrolled me in swimming and gymnastics. I wasn't very good at either one. In swimming, I was hindered by my poor eyesight and slow reaction time. I was always the last person to dive in when racing and the diving board terrified me because I don't like heights. Gymnastics was even worse. In addition to being naturally klutzy, I was not very flexible. Suffice to say that my gymnastic abilities never went beyond the somersault and the cartwheel.

My husband is always amazed that for two weeks every two years, I actually watch and talk about sports. Soon enough, football will be on and I will go back to being disinterested. It just doesn't have the same appeal to me as the Olympics and it's been that way since long before I became a crippled champion.

3 comments:

Pam said...

How r you? I loved your blog. It made me smile and laugh. I was diagnosed April 2008. 44 year old female living in sunny HOT S. Florida. I live 20 min. from the Beach, but my beach days are over, along with many other things I used to enjoy. This disease really stinks. I'm glad there are people like you who really understand, since even the people who love and care about us the most really don't. I'll be checking back often! ;-)

Pam said...

Just found your blog and I love it. I was diagnosed April 08, female 44 years old. I'm glad there are people like you who understand, since my friends and family really don't, even though they really love me and care. How can they know what it's like to be us? Thanks for making me smile and laugh. I'll be checking back soon! ;-)

Chekoala said...

I hope you saw some of the Paralympics as well? They were really thrilling.

(As my posting again to an older post shows I am only just discovering your blogs. I hope there is another instalment soon.)

cheers muchly