Thursday, February 13, 2014

Paths and Providence

pc: Roxy

When watching the Olympics you can usually find me doing one of three things: cheering, crying or stretching. The athlete bios get me every time and I am often convinced that if I stretch enough that two years from now will be my time. Although, not really.

In 6th grade I was certain I would go to the Olympics if I practiced gymnastics every day for the next four years. In 7th grade I got caught cheating on a history test and lost all my after-school privileges. 

Sophomore year of high school I told my dad I was going to be a professional surfer. I remember that his reaction led me to believe he thought this was cute, but not practical. 

He was probably right, but my path needed to be followed. It was one that led me to telling him ten years later while he was putting chemicals in the spa that I would be leaving my predictable income and benefits behind to pursue surfing. 

You know I don't regret it, so I'm not going to explain to you all the reasons I don't.

I guess life is funny like that. I hate change and unpredictability, but sometimes I love what I can't control. The wind takes a leaf where it blows. 

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“Here we are – despite the delays, the confusion, and the shadows en route – at last, or for the moment, where we always intended to be.” 
-Julie Glass, Three June

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On a completely unrelated note, is anyone else really curious about the relationships between both the pairs skaters and ice dancers? How does that work? Are they dating? Interested in one another? Maybe it's none of my business. Let me rephrase that: of course it isn't, but I can't help hyper-fixating on this curious pairing of people. 

p.s. Watch out for Roxy athletes Torah Bright and Dara Howell. Also, our friend (and former Olympian) Todd Richards is one of the announcers for the snowboarding events. He's awsm and nice and funny and has always helped me with my dreams.
p.p.s. this video of Scott, ha. 

10 comments:

  1. So, I know Charlie White and Meryl Davis are just friends because he is dating another olympian (skier I think) but they've been skating together since they were 7! As someone who had this kind of relationship through dance in college with a guy, it's easy to imagine them as having a great plutonic relationship while portraying almost a romantic connection on the ice. I was always partnered up with this guy who turned out to be my best friend in college and we never had even an inkling of attraction to each other. We were a great power couple on stage though so it's easy to identify with the pairs skaters who have that same sort of thing :)

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    1. Interesting to hear your take on this since you've had a similar experience. It's hard for me to imagine this as platonic, since I haven't had the same experience. I can see if you were friends practically since birth though. That changes a lot. That's really cool you dance. It seems fun :)

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  2. So I was wondering about that but found out that Davis & White are not dating; they are just friends. His girlfriend is actually part of the Olympics commentators from NBC. But I bet it would be odd. I don't know they seem so close. But I totally get the thought. lol. I always like reading your blog because I admire that you went after what you love your passion. Surfing is the one thing that in another life I would be. Funny being from Puerto Rico and growing up in the island, I never tried surfing because I was too scared! I don't know, maybe one day I will take some lessons! :)

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    1. I can see how this whole experience would make you really close friends too. It would just be weird for me, if I were dating someone who did this to have my significant other spend so much time with someone else. Now I sound like the jealous type, ha. I guess at the end of the day, it's like a job too. You work with people for a common goal then you go home to your family.

      That's awesome you're from Puerto Rico. I've always wanted to go there (I bet you get that a lot). They have great surfing there. I've heard it called the Hawaii of the east coast (as in tropical with epic waves). Surfing is a great thing to try at least once! My mom's pretty scared of the ocean, but I've taken her surfing and she survived. I think she even liked it.

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  3. It's funny that you talk about your unfilled Olympic dreams. I spent my childhood thinking I would be an Olympic figure skater. When we moved to the States the nearest rink was an hour away so that ended my skating prospects. Then I threw myself into track & field with Olympic aspirations. The only problem is I was not fast enough. So now as an adult, I am merely an athletic groupie who has recorded every event in the Olympics so far and am making my husband watch ever minute of it. Ha ha!

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    1. I love when people love the Olympics. They're so fun to get into, if you ask me. I'm sorry to hear about the skating. I hope the "wind" still brought you to where you need and want to be. I used to run track too. I'm always wishing there were things you could do to practice track and field as an adult besides run on the treadmill and do marathons (I was never good at long distance).

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  4. It must be an unusual relationship between sporting pairs, being so close and spending so much intense time together. Everyone was always curious about Torville and Dean here in England. Glad you're enjoying the Olypics. We don't have much of a snow/ice tradition here - maybe a week's skiing once a year if you're lucky, so the Winter Olympics aren't that big a deal here. The boys have enjoyed the bit they've seen though, and there's been some figure skating on the kitchen floor.

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    1. Funny that more people are curious about this. I guess that is to be expected. It's just one of those funny things that is fun and (hopefully) harmless to talk about. I'm glad you're enjoying the Olympics too CJ. And the boys! It's fun to picture them "skating" around in the kitchen.

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  5. I love watching the Olympics so much. And the stories really do get me every single time. I do wonder about the pair skaters and wonder if it's awkward for the sibling pairs to skate together. Torah Bright is pretty amazing. I've loved watching all the snowboarding and skiing events. And lastly, that quote? Love it.

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    1. I wonder if it's awkward for the siblings too! I guess they're ok with it. Torah Bright is such a class act. I love her energy. The women in snowboarding all seem like such good sports.

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