TOKYO, Tokyo!!

A couple of days ago, I sat on my couch, watching the closing ceremony of the Olympics – #Tokyo2020. For more than two weeks, we’d been regaled with sports, moves, and maneuvers par excellence. We’d been witness to scenes of delight and heartbreak, of unlikely friendships and bizarre stories. What I didn’t realize as the Games ended, was that they had provided me with something I have been longing for, for almost two years now – Hope. Home. That human connection. After living in near-loneliness ever since the pandemic began, seeing people of different nationalities, different histories, people with different stories to tell, people with different goals, different futures, all come together for a common cause made me unexpectedly nostalgic, emotional. It made me realize that despite the conflicts and the aggressions, despite everything, we really ARE all in this together. All is definitely not lost. The human race is still brimming with love, brotherhood and sisterhood, camaraderie, unity, with everything positive. And as we emerge into the post-pandemic world, some of us scarred, some scared, some changed forever, I hope it is that message of hope and positivity that stays with us all and takes centerstage in our lives. We are in all of this together. Always will be. Here’s to #Paris2024! 🥰

Published by Shaista

I have been teaching in different capacities for 15 years now, from kindergarten to middle school, to even adults. I LOVE teaching, LOVE change, LOVE trying out new things. Immersion in newer teaching techniques has, for better or worse, changed me forever.

5 thoughts on “TOKYO, Tokyo!!

  1. I’m so glad you wrote this! I agree- the games provided us with a hundred stories,but real. And delight and unity and hope. Nice piece, and 8 wonder if you might like to zoom in on a particular sport or contest or athlete to write more in another piece.


  2. Totally with you on the hope front and center with the Olympics! Love the intentional word play in this line: “And as we emerge into the post-pandemic world, some of us scarred, some scared, some changed forever. . .”

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  3. Yes! There’s just something about the spectacle of the Olympics that swells my heart. I think of how hard the athletes train, how many sacrifices they and their families make – all for the joy of the game. What, may I ask, are your favorite sports to watch?

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    1. They’re all such a treat to watch, and there’s so much excitement around the household, what with the boys discussing the goings-on, and the victories and defeats, that it’s difficult to pick one favorite. But, maybe the individual track and field events and the gymnastics have an edge. 🙂

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