Today is the opening of the 2010 Winter Olympics, which are taking place in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. The games last through Feb. 28 and feature 15 Olympic sports ranging from ice hockey to bobsledding to curling.
Most of the participating athletes have been anticipating this competition their entire lives. They spend countless hours training, often missing important events to pursue their sport. They eat with precision in order to fuel to their athletic bodies. They have determination and focus that most of us only wish we could find. And all of their efforts are for one thing: the coveted gold medal. The winner not only achieves glory, but also becomes a hero in his or her country (and is usually offered millions of dollars in sponsorships).
Sure, most of us will never be Olympic ski jumpers, and major corporations will probably never pay us to wear their clothes, but that doesn’t make our individual goals any less important. We might not receive an actual gold medal in return for our efforts, but once we reach our own personal victories, I think we deserve to treat ourselves like gold.