Adjust Like An Olympian
Show & Tell
The COVID-19 crisis has messed with our world, and it has affected everyone in so many ways. Imagine the heartbreak of training your whole life to compete in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and then learning it has been postponed until 2021. Every Olympic athlete in the world is reeling, knowing that they must re-plan and re-think, and keep training for another year. For some, that means their Olympic dreams are over. For others, this year isn’t going to be at all like they planned.
But this year isn’t turning out how any of us planned.
We need to adjust (Innovate), help one another (Collaborate), and find new ways to do what we need to do (Execute).
We are all making adjustments. Some are minor, like washing our hands, and not hanging out with friends. Others must work from home, homeschool kids, find new ways to connect with loved ones and elderly parents. Businesses will fail, some after their owners have invested everything they had, some after going into debt to get it off the ground. Someone finally got the lead in the school play, or was going to be the first in their family to walk across the stage at graduation. Some had this one shot to play in the NCAA tournament. And some will not survive the pandemic.
Whether you are an Olympic athlete or not, this moment requires that you be nimble, well-trained, persistent, patient, creative, and strong. You will need the help of your teammates, your coaches and your mentors, and you will need to reach back and lend a hand to those who are stumbling. Maybe this is the moment we’ve all been training for, without really knowing it.
We have heard the words, “We are all in this together” more often in the past two weeks that at any time in our lives. Take those words to heart, because it is the case now, but it will also be the case after this crisis is over. And it is how it has always been.
Go, Team USA! Go, Team World!
We reached out to April Ross to learn how this current situation is affecting her, and this is her response:
Alix and I are in full support of the responsible decision to postpone the Games, even if a little bit saddened and thrown off by the new timeline. Right now we are just focusing on things we can do during this time to stay sane, healthy, and get better while being at home. I’ve actually been practicing my juggling periodically since it’s so good for hand eye coordination and vision work, I still have a long way to go, but the lesson I took with you guys is coming in handy right now! Going forward I know there’s only so much I can control and how important it is to really live in the present moment. I’m embracing the silver lining and taking things day by day, even though I can’t wait to get back out there!
Until next time, we’re all in this together!
Jon Wee & Owen Morse
The Passing Zone