Passions of an Odd Chick

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The way of champions

(flickr enhanced image)
I don't know if anyone noticed the slow-motion image at the end of the Women's 100 meter in the Olympics but it was quite a ballet of motion. It was so beautiful that I recorded it on my T.V. and then paused it and just stared and wondered if I could capture it somehow to keep and cherish. And then in an after-race interview, the winner, Shelly-Ann Fraser said, "..... It wasn't do or die. Nobody expected anything from me. So I went out there and proved it to myself". It was then I knew I had to try to sketch even if everything I had been doing was not turning out well, I figured no one expects anything of me, so I have to prove it to myself. I was very shaky and reluctant and my drawing shows it, but it also shows that I won't give up on myself anytime soon.
Whatever we are going after today, we must prove to ourselves, first, it is worth achieving and second, to expect great things from ourselves. A 21-year-old woman from Jamaica, the youngest, smallest woman there, who had no one telling her she was first place stuff, pulled out far ahead of all the known ones, only because she had a gold medal heart of determination and a bold belief in herself.


Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Thanks for sharing your inspiration because it inspired me.

a mouthy irish-catholic woman said...

what a beautiful, inspirational post. i'm there...proving it to no one but me...i am so there.

a mouthy irish-catholic woman said...

and you sketches are beautiful. without a doubt.

Kimmie said...

I see joy here :)

Linnea said...

Amazing. This really inspired me. I love how you can look at things around you and learn from them and apply the message to your own life. I really see how that concept is true for me, too. Beautiful sketches!

Steve Emery said...

Woo hoo! This is great, Odd Chick. I like the sketches, and the fact that you were seeing that beauty in the figures. That ballet.

And the point about proving it to ourselves - that's what it's really about! I loved that!

Thanks for sharing these - and I wish I'd come by and seen them sooner, but I've been painting this big orange toad... It's been quite a distraction. Proving to myself that I CAN have this much fun, and paint whatever just because.