Now that that pesky football game is over and done with, I feel like we can all appropriately and enthusiastically move on to the MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE (every other) YEAR: the Olympics!!
(Cue the Olympic theme song, which I’ve been humming ad nauseum for two weeks now.)
I’ve already warned you of my affection for the Games, so please don’t be surprised or confused if that’s all that I talk about (in person, on the blog, on the instagrams, via text messages) for the next two weeks. I was recently contemplating how I attempt to tune into any and every event at any and every Olympics, often rearranging other commitments and events to do so, yet I’m not otherwise a typically enthusiastic sports watcher. In person events, yes. If the Cubs are in the World Series, yes. But otherwise, I don’t generally watch sporting events.
What makes the Olympics different, then?
I’m so glad you asked.
I would be HAPPY to share with you the Top 5 Reasons the Olympics are Worth Your Time:
- The geography lessons of the Opening Ceremonies. Don’t tell me I’m the only one who (ashamedly) learns of at least one country’s existence during the Opening Ceremonies. I love how NBC always has that helpful little graphic of a map, identifying where in the world the currently parading country IS, and even offers some helpful factoids about said country. My nerdy self is smitten.
- It’s for amateurs*! Anyone can be an Olympian! All you need is some hard work, a little gear, and a whole lotta grit. And perhaps some sponsorship money. And all that free time that training takes. And an early start at an elite training facility with elite coaches. (*And apparently playing in your sports professional league doesn’t hurt things.) Anybody can become a somebody at the Olympics!
- It brings the world together. With so much going on all of the time in our world, it’s rare that any one thing can capture our collective attention and appeal to the masses. But the Olympics can – whether because you love sports, or simply because you want to see what your country is up to, or because you’re curious what the team uniforms look like this year.
- The excuse to gather with friends and eat Olympic-themed snacks. (I trust I’m not the only one with a Pinterest Board dedicated to such, right?)
- A good reason to hygge. I generally enjoy the events of the Summer Olympics more, but the Winter Olympics are timed perfectly for extended, indoor couch potato sessions, in my opinion. The Olympics can help you get your hygge on: put on those sweat pants, grab that cozy blanket, and cuddle up to watch! How very international of you.
…. and a bonus sixth reason to become an Olympic fan:
6. A companion for insomnia. If you find you can’t sleep – no worries! Since the Games are happening on the other side of the world, you can catch the events live in the middle of the night while the rest of America sleeps!
Swifter, higher, stronger!
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