As the games draw closer, I worry that my beloved hometown of Vancouver may blow its Olympic chance to impress the world. The scenery is world class, the venues are impressive, and the organization is impeccable. The problem? The sour attitude of so many nay-sayers. Will Vancouver be remembered as a city of winners, or whiners?
The capacity of Vancouverites to see and trumpet the negative is not a laudable trait. There will be traffic. Boo hoo… There will be street closures. Sniffle sniffle…There will be crowds. Poor me. It’s costly. Scandalous! There will be tight security. Ain’t it awful?!
Out here on the left coast, it seems anything with corporate involvement is equated with fascism or some sinister plot to destroy the earth. We live in one of the wealthiest cities on the planet, we are blessed with the wonders of nature, and if that wasn’t enough, we beat out the rest of the world to host the biggest sporting event on earth: the Olympics. The reaction from a lot of sanctimonious Vancouver residents: Boooooo!!!
But there’s hope. The quite majority of Vancouverites, the people with vision and positive bones in their bodies, will rise to the occasion and let the world know we appreciate the privilege of hosting the world. No, it’s not an inconvenience, we’re actually glad you’re coming!!!
Having trouble catching the Olympic Spirit? I dare you to check out these original and amazing songs inspired by the upcoming torch relay from regular people (adults and kids) in New Westminster, BC. Believe. http://www.songsearchnewwest.com