Every two years the world comes together to turn on our screens and see who will take home the gold, silver or bronze. People from around the globe tune in and celebrate the wins and losses of their favorite Olympic athletes, and awe at their level of skill and determination.
There are many lessons our children can learn from experiencing the Olympics. Obvious lessons such as sportsmanship or teamwork. Our children can see the rewards that can come from such dedication and working towards a goal. But the Olympics can teach our children – and ourselves – more than that. There are lessons for people of all ages built into the simple complex on which the Olympics is based.
If we look back through history and consider what events have captivated the entire world in anticipation of what will happen next, really, they’re all tragic. War, famine, threat. But the Olympics is not that. In fact, it is the opposite. It is the one time the entire world comes together to simply play.
That really is quite miraculous. Collectively, as a human race, we prioritize a game. We laugh, we cry, we cheer in one single voice. We proudly wave our flags and hope to see our country take home the gold. But even if we don’t, we are able to share in the winners’ success. We cheer on the athlete that was able to accomplish such an amazing feat.
What does it teach our children? It teaches our young ones the very important concept: we are all human. We are all the same, and we are able to come together both in times of bad and times of good.
And that’s something that our children can teach us. Even as adults, sometimes it’s good to just lose ourselves in a game.