Even if you’re not a fan of the Olympics (though I’ve yet to meet a person who isn’t a fan), the take-a ways transcend any individual sport, country or medal. These were the first games in which all of the more than 200 participating countries sent female athletes. Jamaica’s Usain Bolt solidified his standing as the fastest man in the world, proving that you don’t have to have state of the art equipment and unlimited resources to begin your quest to become the best. And when Grenada’s Kirani James exchanged name tags with South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius after the 40m semifinals I almost descended into my ugly cry. (Photo: Smiley N. Pool, Houston Chronicle / © 2012 Houston Chronicle)
But it was the words of Oscar Pistorius himself – the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes in the Olympic games – that moved me the most, and reminded me that whatever lot we’ve been given in life, whatever abilities we have or don’t have, the way we approach our circumstances can have the greatest impact on what we’re capable of doing.
“My mother used to tell us, Carl, put on your shoes, Oscar, put on your prosthetic legs. So I grew up not thinking I had a disability. I grew up thinking I had different shoes.” — Oscar Pistorius on growing up with his brother Carl
Today, whatever form your “different shoes” take – strap them on then go do whatever it is you were meant to do.