I have never been a fan of reality television. Most reality shows are so contrived that they don’t even approach anything that even resembles reality. I don’t really have the patience to watch any of these shows and I don’t see how they manage to draw in so many viewers.
I have had the opportunity to watch a lot of this year’s Olympic Games, and I started drawing comparisons to the Olympics and reality television. The premise of the games is to award medals to the best athletes of the world. The competition is fierce and it makes for intriguing television.
I have been impressed with each and every athlete I have seen. Just to make it to this world stage says something, no matter what the end result may be. When athletes are separated by mere hundredths of a second or a scant few points on a scale, it really could be anyone’s game.
The reason I have thoroughly enjoyed the Olympics this year is that I’ve paid more attention to them than usual. I have watched all of the different events and I love to see all of the emotion that the athletes show.
Each and every time an athlete wins a spot on the podium, breaks a record, or puts on an amazing performance, you can just see the emotion that overcomes them. It’s amazing to see such celebration when an athlete wins. It brings a tear to my eye every time.
I love to see people feeling that good. It’s a once in a lifetime feeling for many of them and I am glad that they can share that with all of us. It really is inspiring.
I love to see how everyone seems to encourage each other as well. There is no backstabbing or theatrics like the players of reality television shows such as Survivor or Big Brother or Amazing Race. The athletes cheer each other on, congratulate each other, and even help each other when they can. The crowds cheer on athletes from other countries and teams and don’t just cheer for their own.
The Olympics show us not only what is best of the athletics but also what is best of humanity. It brings people together and it is amazing to see. It’s simply inspiring and I, for one, am sad to see that these games have concluded. I don’t want to have to wait four more years to see such amazing television again.
Congratulations to all those athletes that competed this year, to all the coaches, family, and friends that helped them achieve their goals and to all of the staff who helped to bring these games into the living rooms, bars, schools, and community centres around the world. You put on the best show that I have seen in a long time and I won’t forget it.