By Caitlin Abber
When I was growing up, big events on TV were often big events for the entire family. We would huddle around the living room and watch The Academy Awards, major news broadcasts about the death of famous people and, most memorably, The Olympics. While we weren’t serious athletes ourselves, watching total champions of sport compete for gold was major family bonding time.
As I’ve gotten older, I have developed a need to always be tapped in to the major events in the world (social media has of course increased this need ten-fold). If an important news story is breaking, or Beyonce is about to win an award for anything, I want to be watching. That is why I am at my most jazzed right now, during what feels like the most exciting summer Olympics in a long time (or at least 4 years).
The opening ceremony kicked off with a bizarre reenactment, but I loved every minute of it. From the rising smoke stacks to the musical montage, I was cheering and whooping along with the rest of the world. I even enjoyed what most people deem the boring part — the parade of countries. What is not to like about watching people who are in the best possible physical shape people can be in walk around insanely proud, with big smiles on their faces? It’s a moment (okay, more like hour), of pure joy for everyone involved!