I love watching the Olympics. Winter or summer, it’s all so
fascinating. The athletes push their bodies to the limits of what is possible. They
work for years to strengthen, stretch, and train their bodies to perform their
sport at the highest levels.
Some athletes attach themselves to skis and fly down a snowy
mountain at 88 miles per hour. And then, when a little bump or slide interrupts
balance and they tumble down. Even after that, their body can slowly get up and
continue. No doubt they are shaken and in pain, but they still get up on their
feet, or skis.
Ice skaters attach blades to their feet and balance and spin
and jump and smile. Yes, they fall too, but they also get back up. They
practice their skills and routines for years to perfect their art, their sport.
What the human body can withstand is amazing.
Our bodies are extraordinary. Whether we’re elite athletes or
someone sitting at a desk writing a blog post, our bodies can do amazing
things. Read, write, type, cry, walk, run, whatever we are doing our body is
part of it.
Our bodies can withstand illnesses and modifications. Our
bodies can be born differently and still carry us throughout our lives. As we
get older, it slows with age, but it keeps going.
Our bodies carry the impact of our lives. My own body has healed
from five surgeries. I’ve had part of a lung removed due to infection and my breasts
were removed due to cancer. Each time my body recovered, and my life continued
to move forward, even when it seemed impossible.
My body didn’t recover perfectly, my scars tell the stories.
Much like athletes, their injuries, and their scars tell their stories. So many
of us have scars that tell of times when we thought our bodies betrayed us, but
instead they healed and continued to carry us.
The human body is a marvel. Think about how many processes
are going on within your body right now, digestion, breathing, blinking,
filtering toxins, absorbing nutrients, and maybe even creating a new life. It’s
truly astounding to think of everything our bodies are doing in any given moment.
That’s part of why I love to watch the Olympics. The
athletes and what they can do with their bodies, is amazing. I never get tired
of watching them perform their sports. Watching them push the limits of the
human body, the longest jump, the fastest speed, the most spins in the air, and
how high they can fly.
Our bodies are amazing. Even when we don’t love the shape,
or how it’s changed, we still can be amazed at what it’s been through, what it
can do, and how it continues to survive and sometimes even thrive.
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