So, yesterday I revealed something that I had been keeping cooped up for the past few weeks…
It was weird…I had been thinking it the past few weeks – I mean, there’s nothing I have against the Olympics – I mean, it’s amazing what these athletes do! I am totally inspired by their superhuman abilities, but watching sports on TV? It’s not really my thing.
Now, considering the fact that I tweeted about it all kind of is ironic, as Olympic fever has seemingly crashed twitter, and thus the fact that I contributed to it (in as small of way that I did) would then prove that perhaps maybe, underneath my nonchalant attitude toward the summer games – maybe, just maybe I am a huge Olympics fan. After all, aren’t the Olympics a mystical occurrence that descends upon the planet Earth every few years to bring peace to the world and unite us for 17 (?) days. Shouldn’t that make me feel fuzzy wuzzy and excited?
Well…sorry to disappoint, but I am not.
As I pondered my uncharacteristically neutral thoughts about the situation, I tried to pinpoint the focus of my overall “nothing” feelings – and I narrowed it down to a few things:
- The location of the Olympics. See, it occurred to me (today, actually) that in the past, it seemed that the particular locales added to the intrigue of the games for me. I remember when the Winter games were in Nagano, Japan (1998) – I was living in Japan at the time so it seemed really exciting that they were going on so close-by. 2016? Brazil sounds really neat, actually! But London?! Eh, I don’t know, it’s never been somewhere that sounded that interesting to me.
- My own attention problems. I am not a fan of watching sports on TV. Even if it is a sport I like…which brings me to the point that -
- The Olympics have a LOT of sports. Yes, this is obvious, but lots of sports means…lots of programming. We don’t have fancy DVR or whatever new-fangled gadgets people have these days, so that means being chained to the TV for more than two weeks? Planning my (admittedly devoid) social life around a time zone far removed from my own? Eh…sounds too complicated.
Regardless of my personal feelings of general Olympics fever in general, I do have to say this: I am definitely inspired by the talents of the many athletes who will be representing their respective countries. I wish them all well (especially Team USA and Japan) and am completely assured that their success will not be dependent on the status of my posterior being planted in front of our television…
So, in the great, positive spirit of the Olympics…let the games begin! If something happens to be on that seems interesting…I’ll watch it, I guess
What sport are you most looking forward to seeing?
(OK, I have to admit, I am kinda/sorta hoping The Marathon will be on when I happen to have the television on)