Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Going for Bronze

Look at the hassle of winning a gold medal.  Beautiful Gabby Douglas, solid gold from the inside out, has a stunning performance and glowing press about her world-class talent and smile one day -- and her every slip and clutch documented in detail forever after.  Before the Olympics are even over, bloggers are talking trash about her hair (Hilary Clinton should send an empathy bouquet) and the kid’s getting grilled about her family’s shaky finances (please, she’s sixteen).

And apparently silver is worse, a miserable place to be.  Exhibit number one: Best-in-the-world vaulter McKayla Maroney’s face on the podium as she gets a silver, which apparently is very typical of second-placers.  Silver medalists remember only one thing – whatever kept them from the gold.  And we’ll help:  tell someone you got second place and they will ask only one thing:  “what happened?”

But bronze.  If silver says “I lost,” bronze says “I went to the Olympics and got a medal!”  You can put your bronze on the mantel forever and be sure no one will ask what went wrong.  You went to the Olympics.  Your performance merited a medal.  You are one of the best, baby.

Life tip:  quit comparing yourself to others.  And go for bronze, you’ll be happier.