Only less than a day to go before the Opening Ceremonies here in Vancouver and I feel so proud to be a part of all this. As an Olympic Family Assistant volunteer for International Client Services, I have the opportunity to interact with IOC members and other dignitaries. Being an ICS volunteer and driver, I have use of an Olympic vehicle so as I was on my way home today, I got a chance to feel some of that Olympic spirit as crowds of people lined the street waiting for the torch to arrive in our community. The crowds lined up for almost 15 blocks and for that long, I waved back at the excited children who were so happy to see my car – and I’m not even a torchbearer vehicle! How cool is that?!
Unfortunately, although I live only blocks from where the torch relay passed, I was not able to leave the house soon enough to experience the excitement from the viewer standpoint. As great as it would have been, I’m glad to have passed by all those people in a vehicle symbolic of the games. Plus, this past week alone has been pretty awesome with being able to meet dignitaries.
Of course, not everyone is excited about the games for financial and political reasons, understood. As a taxpayer, I have woes too but I have enough to worry about like finishing my capstone project/thesis. However, my viewpoint as a volunteer is that the Olympics are already here and better yet, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to bask in the glory of this time that doesn’t come around too often. Anyway, if I’m going to help pay for the games, why not take part in them! The volunteers I’m meeting now could otherwise be people I would probably encounter on the street and never have a chance to interact with. The only other time Vancouverites seem to get together is during hockey season but even then it’s not this huge! The world is in our city and I love it!
Oh yeah, I got my fancy schmancy Quatchi pin today for my third shift! Whee