All around the world, spectators, family, coaches, and athletes have their eyes glued to the Olympic Games. I am no different.
I enjoy viewing these outstanding feats of agility and strength with a glass of wine in my hand, lounging on the couch…after dinner…of spaghetti and meatballs.
Watching these athletic specimens I keep thinking, “Wow! That’s amazing! And what are those weird muscle patches they’re wearing?”
Now I like to think of myself as a do-er, a go-getter. I make things happen in my life. But during these dog days of summer, all I want to do is lie down and read, then nap, then look at pictures of puppies on Facebook. So naturally, when I am sitting on my ass relaxing while watching the Olympics, I feel like someone has injected me with some ludes, then made me smoke out of a bong in the shape of Gerry Garcia’s head.
I can multi-task – yes. I have passion – yes. But laser-sharp focus – negative-o. It really makes me think about all the things I could have accomplished if I had that type of tunnel vision dedication:
1) A professional dancer. For reals. I was pretty good, like, could have gotten onto Star Search and met Ed McMahon good (we did not have So You Think You Can Dance then).
2) Become a beatnik poet. I went through this weird phase when I lived in LA when I would walk on the beach and write about my “hard times” growing up in a loving nuclear family in the suburbs. Super deep. Give me some snaps.
3) Won a Latch Hook Championship. I cannot tell you people how much I was into latch hook as a kid. It’s something my mother would give me to do on family vacations in Maine.
4) Grown my perm out. At one point, I just couldn’t take it anymore and I cut all my hair off into a hideous bob. Yes, I am a quitter.
5) Married Tommy Lee from Mötley Crüe. While I am still a massive fan of his (he kills it on the drums!), I’m pretty sure I dodged a bullet there. If I had stayed really focused, gotten my boobs done, gotten my lips done, and only ate air for breakfast, I too could have ended up in a sex tape, taken him to court, and divorced him…twice. I want to rock out with him, not microwave left-overs with him.
6) Finished my novel, second screenplay, any other writing piece.
7) Run the Marine Corps Marathon. Oh this one just makes me laugh. I signed up to run this marathon with one of my best friends. I dreaded the thought so much, I moved to California. True story.
The other day my daughter told me she wants to be just like me when she grows up. After I wiped tears from my eyes, I screamed, “No! You have to be stronger, faster, BETTER than me! Don’t settle for driving around with the windows rolled down listening to Hair Nation on Sirius XM.” Then I offered her a Creatine shake, which she respectfully declined.
While many of the examples above are silly, I do take a look back every once in a while and wonder if some greatness could have come from one my kicked to the curb talents. I am in awe of all of the athletes from around the world. I am pulling for our Team USA to reach for the gold. It does makes a person think, “Could I have….?”
Nope. Not me. I like life too much to focus on just one thing. I want to experience everything this place has to offer and meet as many people as possible. Sometimes I enjoy watching coffee brew in a pot as the beautiful aroma fills the kitchen. I like to sit and stare out the window and think about everything and nothing.
Does that make me well rounded? Probably not. Did I miss out on a “great” moment in my life because I did not stick with something? Maybe. But life has been pretty good to me, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!
Right after I quit reading this book half-way through.
GO TEAM USA!!!!!!