Wednesday, 25 September 2013

A little perspective

I, along with Kiwis across the country and around the globe, have been glued to the America's Cup racing these past few weeks. It seems we are all desperate. Desperate for them to win against all odds.

The racing today was particularly hard to watch, and now with the end in sight it comes down to the final race to determine who will get the Cup. Either way, my nerves and heart will be glad when it's all over. As I watched the second of today's races, standing in my living room cheering passionately at the brilliant start Dean Barker gave the team and then promptly sitting back down near to tears when Oracle passed us again, I became aware of a little presence in the room. My son. Cheering along with me without any idea what he was doing, I could see he was watching my every move and reaction, and I saw his face drop when mine did too.

It gave me a little perspective.

My carefree toddler definitely doesn't need to see Mummy in a pathetic inconsolable state over the TV. I'm also 34 weeks pregnant with our second bub, and I'm sure she doesn't need the extra adrenalin and stress that this little ol' boat race is providing. I realised that I have to be a good role model now. Teaching good sportsmanship and all that, rather than a vocabulary of swear words.

Time to pull myself together I think!

The outcome of tomorrow's race shouldn't matter to me, really. It matters to the men on that boat whose blood, sweat and tears have been shed. It matters to their families who have supported them for the past few years in their quest, and been their shoulder to cry on after a bad day at the office. But it shouldn't matter to me, because I'm just along for the ride and there to enjoy watching an exhilarating boat race. It would be wonderful to celebrate with them tomorrow, but if not, life will go on.

*Tell me, are you a sporting fanatic too?

Still waving the flag and keeping the faith - go Emirates Team New Zealand!

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