changing reality was all it took

Troublesome facts that clog the life

With multitudes of failures marring

Lives we wished we’d never led.

And all it would have taken was

To change our sweet reality.

The light was red, but let’s just say

For argument’s sake, that it was green,

And hey presto! Your life’s so changed,

From barely even making the team

To all that glitters is the gold.

When I was a kid my event in the pool was the 800m freestyle. There have been many great female distance swimmers over the years and we were lucky enough to have home representation in the form of Rebecca Adlington.

However, when the 2012 London Olympics rolled around, an unknown fifteen year old called Katie Ledecky stole the show and she has been dominant ever since. As a past swimmer, I watch her in awe. Her stroke is hypnotic and she is the type of swimmer that makes me immediately want to go back to the pool and train myself.

I was watching this little Youtube documentary the other day and it was interesting to see how she dealt with the pressure on that night in London. Really, she took what was actually being shouted and turned it into something that was much more positive for her.

Most people, that night, were shouting for Rebecca because she was the hometown girl. But instead of hearing ‘Becky! Becky! Becky!’ she chose to hear ‘Ledecky! Ledecky! Ledecky!’

I’m not suggesting that this alone was responsible for her winning an Olympic gold medal, but that surge of adrenaline and confidence must have done something. Sometimes we need to literally turn the world upside down and back to front to achieve our impossible goals, but sometimes, with a bit of imagination, we can create something magical.

We can quite literally make up our own little world that fits our own story.

Much Love

Rachel xx

olympic dreams

It’ll be a special day

When the torch can reach its home

And a thousand dreams are made

As all will turn and gladly stare

At those holy rings of hope

That stand for so much more than sport;

This time round they’ll stand for love

In a brand new world that’s glad to be

Standing firm, all as one.

I was so looking forward to the Olympics. I was a swimmer as a kid and I dreamed of making the Olympics, so I get so emotional watching those that actually make it there. And to watch people win a gold medal after four years of hard work, is enough to break me.

Of course, this year the Olympics are no more. Although this is really sad and probably hugely frustrating for the athletes, it means that when the rescheduled event rolls around it will seem even more special to everyone.

After the year that we are all having, I think that the Olympics will come as a welcome event where the world can come together and celebrate a common thing, as one.

Sport does seem to have that ability to heal wounds and I really hope that the Olympics can do this for everyone next year. I can imagine that the opening ceremony, when all of the athletes are in the stadium and there are fireworks going off, will be really emotional. For me, it will feel like a sign that we can finally breathe a sigh of relief and start looking forward to a future that seems so uncertain at the moment.

There are probably a million different things that people are looking forward to when this is all over. But for me, sport is that thing and I can’t wait to watch dreams come true after all of these dreams being dashed over the course of this year.

Much Love

Rachel xx