This week, I found out Los Angeles could possibly host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The International Olympic Committee announced the city as a top five finalist a year ago. Indeed, I am a little slow at hearing the news. Despite the fact that I was slow to hear this news, I was ecstatic, nonetheless!
Most people don’t know this, but one of the items on my bucket list is to attend a Summer Olympic Games in person. It’s a lofty goal, yes. But, I believe it is possible, even if it means I have to leave the country.
I don’t know what it is about the Summer Olympics that makes me want to pack my bags and go. It could be simply because I love the season. It could be because I love watching the gymnastics, or the diving, or the swimming, or the beach volleyball.
Not many people can say they saw the Olympics in person. I am sure it is much different than watching them on television. It is definitely more chaotic, I am certain of that. But, it’s alive. It’s exciting. It’s thrilling.
I don’t write those words like someone who has already been there, done that. I write those words like someone who follows Shawn Johnson, 2008 Beijing Olympic Champion, on YouTube. It was so interesting to watch her view of the Olympics; to hear her stories about the events that unfolded; and her memories as a former competitor.
I am not even an athlete, but nothing beats the comradery and high-level competitive nature that comes with the Olympics. I think the reason why I love watching Olympic Games over other athletic events is solely due to the determination and effort athletes go through to compete at that level.
It takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to even proclaim you are an Olympic athlete, let alone to state you are an Olympic champion. The closest way I can consider myself an athlete, period, is my decent basketball shot and follow-through.
Despite my lacking athletic abilities, growing up, I always wondered what it would be like if I competed in the Paralympics. It remained a dream that never flourished. But, it was a nice thought. Who knows? One day I may decide to compete in a running event. Only God has that plan for my life.
Regardless of whether or not I become a Paralympian or attend the Olympics live and in person, I will always cheer on dedicated, devoted, and talented athletes. I will be proud to be an American citizen. I will be even more thankful I am able to witness greatness.
Here’s to the possibility of fulfilling one of my dreams and bringing the Olympics to the United States of America in Los Angeles in 2024! The official decision will be announced in one year. I cannot wait!
I leave you with this: No matter how cheesy or weird a life goal of yours may be, be excited about it. Do all you can to make it happen. And, no matter what, never lose your spark of making a dream a reality. Let the little kid inside you always believe it can happen.