Saturday, January 31, 2009

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Just this summer, the Olympic Stadium in Beijing, China was packed with athletes and fans from all over the world. Just from my television, miles away, I could feel the drive the athletes had as they tried to win over the medal for their country. And I could feel the pride the fans had as they cheered on their athletes. It was a magical place this summer, a place that everyone had their eyes on. But now that the crowd is gone, and the cameras are put away, what is to become of the stadium? Well lets just say that the only medals that are given out in this stadium are the ones from the stadium's overpriced gift shop. In order to keep up with the $8.8 million dollar upkeep of the bird's nest, there are plans to turn the stadium into a shopping, entertainment, and tourist center. 
Its funny how things change like that. One moment your on the top of the chain, and the next you fall all the way to the bottom. But I guess we see this pattern in life constantly. Like, your 15 minutes of fame, the fall of the Roman Empire, and the exile of Napoleon from France. Its too bad that life works that way, that no one can always have what they want. But maybe that is life's way of helping us out. I mean, as people, were never really fully satisfied unless we are rising up in some way. With out this rise and fall of life, I don't think anyone would ever really be happy. So, thanks life.


Ho Jin's fireworks said...

I heard that freeloaders and rooters tore up and took everything because it has not been carefully supervised.

J. Gallagher said...

Interesting thoughts. There are a number of underlying themes in your post. Human nature. The mentality of crowds. The cyclical pattern of history. This last one is being discussed a great deal right now in terms of the American economy. Some historians believe this was bound to happen. It's America's turn to sacrifice. Some very complex and intriguing thoughts. Thanks for sharing!