Pain Is Temporary, Victory Is Forever

I always watch the Olympics. Maybe I’m not as feverish about it was some people are, but you just gotta admire the dedication and resolve that it requires to reach that level of performance. My god, these people have given over their lives to this one goal. How do you not admire that?

In deference to the sacrifices that the Olympic athletes in London have made to reach the world stage, I wanted to share a t-shirt design from our Floozees Doozees store. No, I’m not asking you to go buy it. I just love the sentiment. Of course, if you want to buy a shirt, we’ll be happy to send it to you. But that ain’t why I’m posting this.

We were pondering last night how these people’s live will change when the Olympics are over. Some will win medals and come back heroes. Some won’t win anything at all and will return home with nothing but memories, left to decide whether or not to go back to their grueling training regimens and aim for the next Olympics. For some, this is clearly their last hoorah. All things must past. But I truly believe, as strongly as I’ve ever believed anything, that it’s honor to simply compete in the Olympics. Whether you win a medal or not, you were good enough to reach the world stage. That is a pretty selective group you belong to, and no one can ever take that away.

To that end, I salute all of the Olympic athletes. You are our inspiration. You are that shining example of what human beings can be. And I, for one, will be wearing this shirt to honor you. It really is true. Pain is temporary. Victory is forever.

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