Today is one of the most amazing days I will experience because I know it won't happen again in my lifetime. After all, the last Olympic Games were held in the UK the year I was born, in 1948, and they have taken all of my 64 years to return to the country. Seven years ago when the Games were awarded to Britain, I never dreamt I would even be involved, let alone experiencing it from the inside. It all seemed so far away and far-fetched. The sort of thing that would happen to others, not me, especially when I was rather ill at the time.
Yet here I am today, unable to contain my excitement and awe, not only at being a London Ambassador for the Olympics, greeting and informing visitors to the Games, but also being specially invited to the Opening Ceremony (Technical Rehearsal) this evening. Many Ambassadors would be working on the day of the actual Opening Ceremony, so they have used the rehearsal to invite us to see it, something none of us expected to happen, with the content having been kept well hidden from public eyes.
Not much gets me flustered, being a rather calm, laid back person, but to say that I am excited, apprehensive, in wonder and curiosity, would be an understatement. This is one time when I would have loved to take a relative or friend, but we are only allowed ONE ticket each, and no amount of money can buy you another, in order to restrict the numbers only to Ambassadors and other key personnel. It seems that our presence will help them test the Ceremony, to work out any potential problems and also to get some feedback for the big day.
But for the first time, and in preparation for my actual duties in a week's time, I am realising how much my illness controls my life - and it is a sobering thought. I have to take insulin injections twice daily, with food, within 10 hours maximum of each other. The morning dose is the easiest thing to fit in with my lifestyle, so I never have any problems there. I simply take it with my breakfast. But the evening dose can be problematic at times, especially if I have a dinner date, or I am going out, and today has brought it home with a vengeance.
The problem is that I will be travelling from late afternoon and will miss my proper evening meal. When I leave home, it will be too early for my injection, but by the time I arrive at the Olympic Stadium, it will be too late (the journey takes one and a half hours)!! And I cannot afford to miss it, otherwise I could go into a hyper state, precisely what will also happen on the days I will be doing my duties, except that distance back to my home after I finish is much shorter than gong to the Stadium, so I should get back in time.
The first thought, with my health being most important, would perhaps be not to go. But I could not even contemplate that. The disappointment would be too much after the way I have soldiered through the training sessions and the keenness I have had for being involved. So I spent all of yesterday working out different permutations, of both travel and taking the insulin, to find a solution that will suit the moment and save me angst, as I will not be beaten by it.
I think I have got the answer, and I am going to have a darn good time watching the Olympics Opening Ceremony and feeling very good - and honoured - to be there! For me, every new day is a bonus, and my positivity and optimism are the real medication! Furthermore, my condition is one of the main reasons I am reluctant to judge people, or make assumptions about them. We never know what their journey might be like, unless we have walked in their shoes!
That is also why LOVE, above all else, comes top in my life, because to cherish someone special, and be cherished by him, has a far better chance of enhancing and lengthening our lives than money, worrying or living in fear. None of those can compete with simple power of love.
So, I am looking forward to this evening, to see fellow Ambassadors and to share making history with us being the very first audience invited into the Olympic Stadium! I cannot wait to see what the Olympic Village is like and the Olympic Park itself. It will be quite an eye opener. I am also very pleased that I will be arriving there during daylight so that I can get a good look at it, though most of my time will probably be spent in a queue waiting to be searched!! We won't be allowed pictures inside the Stadium, but I am sure we can snap away in the rest of the Park.This should be a day to remember and it is truly wonderful sharing it with you as much as possible!
I have attached a copy of both sides of the ticket for you to see it and where I am seated. It seems to be a good position. Each ticket has a distinct digital mark so that it can be easily traced back if one tries to sell it etc. It really is awesome to be involved in this amazing spectacle.