Sitting here watching the closing ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics, the phrase "inspiring" a generation keeps coming up. I think that the Olympics have not inspired a generation, but have inspired many people across a range of generations. In a culture where we tend to downplay our achievements and be particularly self-deprecating, it is wonderful to see and be caught up in a celebration of achievement such as we have seen in the past couple of weeks. I am not particularly interested in watching sport, preferring to do it myself. I was skeptical about the Olympics and what it would bring. But, like many others, I have been fascinated and drawn into the spirit of the event. It has not just been the younger generations, the future sports men and women who have been inspired. I think individuals for all ages have been affected. I hope that in the aftermath that sport centers and clubs around the country will welcome all ages.
Participating in sport has helped me gain back self-confidence that I lost for a while. It toned my body and improved my physical and metal health. It can be hard as an adult to find venues where you can engage in enjoyable sports. Going to the gym and pounding a treadmill is not for everyone. One thing the Olympics and the extensive coverage has revealed is a range of sports that some might not have realized were available (I didn't know about handball for example). I would like to get involved in some other sports and hope that the opportunities will be there for everyone. :) With rising levels of obesity in the country, I think it is a chance for the country to do something about the general health of the nation. Let's use this momentum and make a difference.
Skeptical kinkster musing on whatever takes my fancy!