I am not a huge TV person. The reasons are not far-fetched honestly. I got tired of watching “Keeping up with the Kardashians, Real Housewives of Every Big City with big breasted women, Beverly Hills Nannies?” It became a nightmare turning the TV on when I get home. So, well we just left the TV alone.
These last two weeks have been the most amazing time at our house as we all stay glued to the TV screen watching men and women who have persevered through all circumstances to compete for their country. It is truly inspiring to see for the first time NOT women who talk endlessly about breast reduction, liposuction, overly-expensive material things BUT seeing women who look healthy because they obviously eat properly! They look muscular, powerful and in control. They didn’t look insecure or beat down. This girlfriends, was the time when I felt proud to bring my 3-year old down from her room to watch strong, powerful women take on the world. This was when I could proudly explain to her how much these young girls and women practice and work hard to get the crowd and country cheering them on because they believe in them.
There is something very powerful and inspiring when you see young girls like Gabrielle Douglas get on that stage and take absolute control of her body, of who she is with full attention and devotion. My daughter immediately begged to go to ballet the following week because she wants to fly high like Gabby. And when she saw Missy Franklin swim like her life depended on it, my daughter cheered her on and held her breath as Missy lunged forward to claim gold with every inch of her body. It’s this raw display of emotions, dedication and the message that you must press on that got my little girl energized all week. This is the kind of TV I want for my child, not some glorified hollywood bullshit!
There are other things I feel like ranting about by the way! It has to do with an old guy currently turning in his grave called Baron de Coubertin. He was the founder of the International Olympics Committee…..
For the first time women represented 45% of the total Olympic population at the London Olympics. This is obviously a remarkable feat considering that the Olympic was designed only for men. At the first modern Olympic Games in Athens 1896, no women competed, as Baron de Coubertin felt that their inclusion would be “impractical, uninteresting, unaesthetic, and incorrect.” I wish I could send Baron a tweet or a Facebook message right now, because the London Olympics was clearly dominated by women. I mean, you could see women everywhere! I am yet to look at all the details. but rumor has it that of the 46 gold medals won by the USA team, 29 of them were won by women! Now, what part of that is impractical, uninteresting, unaesthetic and wait incorrect? Were U.S. women their own nation, they would have finished ahead of other country’s total gold medal count except China and Great Britain. Now take that Baron!
So back to my TV depression, I will patiently wait for Rio 2016. I am hoping that I can take Camille with me and we can cheer on these women in real life. That would be epic!