I’m an avid Olympics watcher, although the Winter Olympics are a bit harder for me to keep up with, just because of my schedule in February. One of my favorite parts is the Medal Ceremony. I love seeing the emotion in the eyes of the recipients as their flag is raised and their anthem plays. For 2014, much of the actual medal receiving went on behind-the-scenes, instead of on the air. Which has been a bit of a bummer. So I’ve turned to highlight reels and the Internet to get my fix. Tears of joy were seen in the eyes of the athletes, no matter whether it was a gold, silver, or bronze disc placed around their necks.
I can’t even begin what it would be like to win a gold medal at the Olympics. Being fairly nonathletic other than using my elliptical, hand weights, and stairs to work out along with a weekly Yogaloties class, winning at any type of sporting event is way outside of my personal experience. However, as a writer, I’m used to living vicariously through my characters, so it’s not much of a stretch for me to put myself in the shoes of the athletes and cry right along with them.
Somewhere along the line I’ve read that athletes who receive a gold medal are the happiest later on in life (for obvious reasons), bronze medalists come after that in happiness rankings, but the silver medalists are often disappointed, becoming the saddest of medal recipients. The theory going that a gold means you’re the best, a bronze means you beat out more than your fair share of competition and made it to the podium, but a silver medalist will often wonder if there was just one thing they could have done better, faster, stronger to get to that top spot.
This I’m not sure I can relate to. I mean, a silver medal in the Olympics is no small thing. Could it really be a source for disappointment later on in life? I guess it would be like an author making it to number two on the New York Times Bestseller List. You still get to say you’re a NYT Bestseller, but you don’t get to add that #1 to the tag. More than likely, this is something I’ll never need to worry about, obsess over, or contemplate. Although, I guess I have a better shot at being on the List than I do of standing on an Olympic podium. If I ever make it to that number two spot, I’ll be sure to let you know how I feel!
Until next time,