Sunday, July 29, 2012

Olympics and other goals

An advice can be just a few cool words until you attach personal meaning to them. I had an inspiring conversation about dreams the other day. I always wonder this about the accomplished and respected: when you have achieved your dreams already, what do you aspire to? So I asked.

The answer: you dream bigger. You wake up one day and realize that where you are now is a place you dreamed of being. But you have bigger dreams now, each dream a stepping stone onto your next dream.

2012 London Olympics are beginning and I am giddily excited. Not just because I happen to be in Korea for this deeply patriotic event but also because Pyeongchang is hosting the 2018 Winter Games- some games will be held in Gangneung.

Here’s what Gangneung looks like in the winter (at Haslla Art World). Look at the pine trees on the mountains. Is this real life?


The clouds over the ocean, the chunks of snow, the white frothy waves crashing onto the shore. Breathtaking. Fact: I have not seen snow in seven years. I saw mini chunks in Mammoth Lakes on my geology field trip but I don’t think that counts.


Here I ask myself, where will I be in 2018? Maybe this blog will be around in 2018 and I’ll smile reading this post on the first day of the Winter Games. There are 2021 days to go until the games (the official site has a countdown). That is six years from now and two years after my graduating from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. I’ll be twenty-nine.

Although this feels like way, way far, I’m sure there are athletes already training for the 2018 games. Similarly, where do I want to be six years from now and how do I get there? Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.

Where do you hope to be in 2018?
What are your big dreams and aspirations?