Is Olympic Gold Enough

Here we are in the midst of the London Olympics. New Zealand is having a record medal haul and our close cousins the Australians are … not. Interestingly, at least one of their newspapers is recording the Aus Zealand results. Perhaps, given the state of the medal results we should be thinking more in terms of New Tralia.

Politics aside, the thing that strikes me most listening to the after match interviews is the amount of work these people have put in to achieving their success. Our gold medal rowers talk in terms of not 4 years, not even 8 years, but 10 or 12 years in their journey to gold.

Mahe Drysdale finally put to rest the demons of the Beijing Olympics and collected the one title that had escaped him all these years of being at the top of his game. Certainly a well deserved result.

Sure there are a few freaks of genetics like Bolt and Phelps that seem to make it look easy, but even they have invested thousands of hours in training to fine tune their genetic advantage.

While I do admire their commitment and celebrate their results I do wonder if it was all worth it as they look back on life. Michael Phelps made it clear that he was enjoying the Olympic experience for the first time after being so single minded in his focus for the past couple of Olympics.

Our medal winners made such comments as they were going to celebrate by eating chocolate, or drinking a few beers. I can imagine why they might, but is that it? They have just achieved the goal of a significant portion of their life’s efforts and all they get is a gold plated disc, a bar of chocolate, and a few beers.

Ok that isn’t the end of it. No doubt they will get a big parade and plenty of accolades when they get home. But in 4 years time there will be another Olympics and unless they are back there competing they will be all but forgotten in the excitement of the Olympics (long live the Olympics).

Because New Zealand doesn’t win a lot of medals we do tend to celebrate many of our past winners for years to come. I wonder if that makes it even harder for the athletes. We only remember them for one achievement. Unless they do something really bad, everything else they do will always be overshadowed by an Olympic medal performance.

Perhaps not. Perhaps they think different to me. And I do not pick on Olympic athletes for any other reason than it is currently on. It could be any sports players, office workers, hobby fanatics, or you or me. Is what we are doing, have done, in life going to leave the legacy that we are proud of? Have we really made a difference with our time on Earth?

P.S. You may have noticed a slight gap in posting on my blog. You can thank hackers and webhosts for the disruption. Since this is not a money making venture it was not a priority to get around to rebuilding the site. Hopefully that has all been taken care of now and it is back online for the foreseeable future.

A Legacy

How Do You Want To Be Remembered

On those times when I visit a cemetery to pause for reflection I think of those lives of my ancestors who have gone before me. I think the times they lived in, the changes they saw.

I think too of how they lived their lives. I wonder if they achieved what they wanted to out of life.

And as I reflect on their lives I can not help but reflect on my own.

I am forced to ask myself such questions as “How do I want to be remembered” or even “will I be remembered?”

What about you? Do you want to be remembered beyond your lifetime? What are the actions your taking today to ensure you will live on tomorrow?