These were the immortal words reiterated by Gary Linekar in the early hours of Saturday morning after the spectacular Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Being in London, we have the opportunity to see the transformation of one of the greatest and most diverse cities in the world. From our windows here in Bethnal Green, not only can we see the sunshine (yes!) but also a new wealth of people flocking through our streets seeing what we have to offer.
Every four years records are smashed, hearts are broken and the world is given a new perspective about the ability of the human body. Whether that be running, swimming or cycling faster than anyone ever has or simply being at the pinnacle of your discipline. The Olympics gives us a sober reflection of what we can achieve if we put our minds to it and have the drive to succeed.
Independent of the sport, we can see innovation and recreation in architecture, engineering and other places where we might not usually expect. A good example of this is the Olympic cauldron that is burning in the Olympic Park as we type this. For those of you that are lucky to be in London or surrounding areas to enjoy the cultural, social and physical attractions that are happening for the next month will be open to a whole new world of ideas.
The Houses of National Olympic Committees are fantastic to go and see and be inspired by. They represent the nations of the world and what they have to offer. The opportunity to see the Czech Republic or Brazil down your road is not something that will return and so we think it is a good idea to just experience a different way of living and share it with your friends.
The Games have begun, and they will last 16 days. If you blink, you might miss it. But the legacy and symbol of these Games goes further than those two weeks and a bit. The slogan for the Olympics in 2012 is “Inspire A Generation” and we are the “Ideas Generation” so why don’t we create the legacy when we pass the torch on to the next generation?
Pass it on… – #WordOfMouthMondays