It’s been a great week of watching the Paralympics.
Unfortunately, it took a bit of work and some references to find something more than just a daily recap, in words, of the events.
But we’ve got a nightly video feed. Which has been inspiring.
Although it is a damn shame that we have to search that hard for the truly inspirational games. Especially the opening ceremonies, where Professor Stephen Hawking addressed the audience.
If there is a currently living larger representation of the human spirit and the human mind, please let me know in the comments below.
I’m always looking to stretch my mind.
I am a huge fan of the Olympics, both Summer and Winter. Because they show the true sports, not the ones that suck in lots of cash. In my opinion, they show the true strength of the human spirit, unlike the overpaid egos of popular sport.
But that is not the point of this post.
Filtering through my images from Munich this past weekend, I really enjoyed the very large painting of a bicycle in the middle of the road traversing the Marienplatz, signifying that the entire area was a bicycle path.
That speaks to me.
Tackling it from different angles gave me some very beautiful compositions. Some worked photographically. Some didn’t.
I initially marked a few for presentation. That marking did not include this one.
But in light of the performances we’ve watched this week and some reflection, this is the best one to present to you:
Currently we’re watching the post-post-race interview of Ireland’s Jason Smyth, who earlier today set a new world record in the T13 200m sprint. The coding T13 signifies track athletes who can recognize contours between 2-6 meters away (an S13 designation [as we saw tonight] means that swimmers cannot typically see the black line at the bottom of the lane, but can see the wall once they’re within 1-meter).
Immediately after Jason set his new world record tonight, covering the 200 meters in just 21.05 seconds, he breathlessly stated during his off-track interview:
“We’ve all got issues. You just do the best you can with what you’ve got”.
So get out there and give it what you’ve got.
And if you are not giving what you have got, no matter how uncomfortable you are – quit your whining and just do it.
Or in the vernacular, HTFU.
And do this.
Or something similar.
That stretches your comfort zone.