After the gold, silver and bronze comes the blues…
Even while the closing ceremony is in progress, I begin to feel a loss I had already anticipated last week. We have experienced something remarkable with the London 2012 Olympics, not only due to the success of UK athletes but in recognising the universality of the human spirit. I have admiration and profound respect for every participant from every nation. The dedication, self-sacrifice and determination of these extraordinary people should surely inspire us all to put more into our daily lives, to give more and to expect more from ourselves.
We have shared in the joy and ecstasy of those who met or exceeded their expectations, and we have felt the desperate sadness and despair of those who did not quite achieve their dreams. These are the opposite poles of a continuum of emotional experience common to us all. We identify because they are exemplars of our own lifetime experiences, as we remember our successes and failures in all areas of our life – relationships, work, the arts, sport, education, and our daily attempts to engage and understand the world.
We have reached the end of a wonderful holiday and now we have to return to the reality of daily life. But we are changed. All experience changes us. The trick now is maintain and build upon the positive changes – as individuals, as nations, as citizens of this planet.
Surviving the post-Olympic blues is a matter of making a commitment to change – to take up a new activity, resolve to do more selfless and good deeds, develop known and yet to be discovered talents in sport or the arts at a level that is just beyond our current reach and personal to us. Success is idiographic – it is about being better tomorrow than we are today.