I’ve been watching the Olympics almost non-stop since they started. My family spent all day the first day watching them, and since then, I haven’t been able to stop. It wasn’t until last night, however, that I realized why I love them so much. It has something to do with how much I love to see people succeed. It came to me last night when I was, mindlessly, watching the marathon of America’s Next Top Model on MTV on commercials during the Olympics, and I realized that the two had something in common: it was the quest for achieving a dream.
Although the Olympics are about 75,000 times better than ANTM, I now get why I watch all that crap: I like to see people chase what they believe in, try their hardest, and win it. I think I’ve read before how much reality TV (in some cases) has to do with the playing out of people’s American dreams, and that’s exactly what it feels like for me. As I watched Salescia win over Chantal, the American Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay team defeat the French team in the last five meters, as I watched the American Men’s Gymnastics team take Bronze in the team event, as I watched China nail their events in Gymnastics, and take an emotional gold, all of it was incredible to me because it was about peoples’ dreams coming true. And I cried during every one of those things.
Now, I realized I’m comparing the Olympics and America’s Next Top Model, which are actually not even close to the same level, but I’ve realized they actually have a lot in common. It’s about being an expert in what you do. Whether that be modeling, or swimming, or gymnastics, etc., you have to be great. And you have to be confident. There’s something there that I really appreciate.
Anyway, I’ve fallen completely in love with watching people win medals. I don’t care what happened to them before, or after, or what they did in the past to get there, all I want to see is their face when they realize they’re the best in the world at what they do. I want to see their face light up, and their dream come true.
I hope one day to feel the same.