Most of my friends will tell you that I’m not big on sports. It’s no secret. They ask me to name five athletes…and I might give them the names of athletes who have either dated or married one of the Kardashians. I may not have an athletic bone in my body, but I have the greatest amount of respect for those that play a sport. While they are passionate about the game, I am passionate about fashion and music. They are very different things, but I understand the strength in that passion and that drive. There is a mutual understanding that lies there between these things.
So tonight I watched this short on ESPN about a group of cross country runners from San Francisco University High School who dedicated their 8th state championship to their coach Jim Tracy, who had been diagnosed with ALS, a disease that affects the nerve cells in both the brain and spinal cord. Since he was diagnosed, Tracy has no longer been able to run the way he used to and has much difficulty even walking.
I was touched by this story, but astounded by the determination that these women had especially for the captain of the team who struggled in this last race and collapsed. It is this post and many before it that I have come across that have made me realize how special blogs are. Through Doobybrain, one of my favorite blogs of the year, I have been introduced to many stories and inspired by a number of pieces. It is blogs like these that make the world around us seem much smaller and the people and the stories we are learning about more relatable to us and the lives that we live. And if I remember correctly, the term that I took away from my comm. class is the notion of “Global Village.” The internet, but in this case – blogs, disregards physical distance yet still enables us to feel connected to others through openess and communication. It allows us to reach places we could not normally and that is what still amazes me about the internet. In a totally geek moment, I had a conversation about the evolution of the internet with my friend’s father just last night.
I really hope that someday Yow Yow can have that same impact for my current readers or future readers the way my favorite blogs have affected me. And instead of passing on the stories that I’ve heard and read about, I’d like to be a part of bringing the stories directly to you first.