Friday, August 22, 2008

Easily Distracted

I have been a gong show this past couple of weeks. Every time I try to sit down and write, I seem to find something else to do that is more interesting. I'm at the Olympics and I have to admit that temptation to watch events and be a part of the action (aka - drink beer) is running very high.

As I always have done in my life, I am listening to my gut and trusting that this "writers block" that I am experiencing is there for a reason. I don't want to go home in a few days and regret not taking part in absolutely every sporting event, media opportunity and party I possibly could. I was very disciplined during the process of getting here and right now I feel like I need to celebrate the HUGE accomplishment that this Games has been for me personally, my team and for all of Canada's athletes.

So, I am probably not going to write until I get home. Please know that I am on top of the world right now. I am proud and I am really looking forward to coming home and sharing this wonderful experience with as many people as possible.

Happy Closing Ceremonies and keep checking back for an update...It will arrive when the time is right.



sarahjam said...

You are awesome, Kyle. Take your time (don't even think about your blog for now... we're all patient!) and soak up Beijing. I hope you reek of good spirits (ha- that can me taken 2 ways!) and celebration for Canada when you come home. Take Care!

TCO said...

I would like to hear your analysis (good, bad, interesting) of the US men's and women's teams.

TCO said...

Also if you are really heterosexual. If so, get a date with one of those Chinese podium spokesmodels. They are hot. Use up your ration of condoms.

Anonymous said...

i don't know if you actually read these comments or not (some of them are really strange....). i just wanted to tell you that staying up till the wee hours of the morning to watch you on TV was well worth it. you're awesome. you probably captured the hearts of so many young ladies across canada hahaha

ChocoMonster said...

go enjoy yourself and let loose and have fun! others would kill to be in your place, y'know ;)

waiting (patiently) for your next update,

Anonymous said...

To tco,
Smarten up. There are young kids who look up to Kyle and read this blog. Don't be disrespectful.

Albert Po-Chun Chen said...

Every single Olympic games is an experience of an lifetime--let alone for an athlete! I actually don't expect a blog entry from you until you have time to reflect on the overall experience anyway. So be yourself and join the party (responsibly, like you've said).

As for the writer's block: you probably know this but I'm going to tell you what I've learnt anyway.

My university writing prof once informed me (many moons ago) that it happens when you try to be a writer and an editor at the same time. Essentially these two roles don't mix--one adds, the other takes away. The brain literally freezes when the body is sending mixed signals (he actually talked about the human nervous systems but I'm not going to waste your time).

So my prof actually suggested putting a draft in the freezer (literally) and work on finalizing the paper at a later time. (I don't think your computer will enjoy the cold treatment but you get the picture.) So if you are stuck...just take it easy and come back to it at a later time. Try not to force it out of you.

Still, if you need to finish a blog entry (say if you are on a deadline)--at least separate the two tasks. Write everything out to the fullest and then edit it.

Anyhow, I hope this helps.

Dez said...

I can honestly say How Much Your Post Mean to Me. at this point in my Life I lost well almost everything that was True to My Heart. that I pondered where do I fit in this life and why? should I have anything to give to anyone, let else to the world. and when the time came you where to go to the Olympics not once but 3 times. I told everyone I knew about You and Your Fate. Like I personally knew You and did. Well through Your Post I Did. Big Smile :)

So I do Hope when You Return Home You do feel a sense of Foundation and Some Stability;

As Kyle Shewfelt

A WINNER TO ALL OF US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LIFE IS Happening to US and We Ought to Enjoy Every Moment of It.

TCO said...

Sorry, for my post. 'came out worse than 'i thought. and we should sheild the bambinos.

Annapurna Moffatt said...

Hey, Kyle!

I found your blog via a news article early on in the Olympics. Even for me it's been a whirlwind, what with all the scandals (pre-recorded fireworks, anyone? or how about underage gymnasts??), and just trying to keep on top of everything. And now it's all over for another year and a half until we Canucks catch the Olympic bug (actually, I think we have already--check out this article from the National Post: Success in Beijing has Canada aiming high in 2012 until they discover a closing-ceremony scandal (whichever comes first).

And when it comes to blog entries, take your time--my fellow readers and I will wait. Meanwhile, I'll read the entries that at this moment I have yet to read.

Andrew said...

I just saw your interview on CBC, Kyle, and what you said, "The story of struggle is way more important than the story of victory" reveals the Olympic spirit and your real character. Congratulations on your come back and your Olympic experience. Be well.

Anonymous said...

Savour every moment Kyle, you surely deserve it. We can all wait until you catch your breath. We are waiting for you to visit in person anyway.
And yes anonymous, thanks for the comment about tco's inappropriateness. Really in poor taste on so many levels.
And finally - I love the Canadian phrase "smarten up". Truly unique to Canada
Bravo Kyle

Szabi Gollob said...

Kyle, first of all congratulations again on the work you have done this past year including your performance in Beijing. Unfortunately we missed the TV broadcast of your floor routine because it was on in an absolutely impossible time here in Hungary. I've been trying to find it on the web but it seems no one has uploaded it so far. Do you think it would be possible for us to watch it somehow? Maybe you could post it on your blog? Thanks!

Arhtur said...

Hi Kyle,
I hope that you got to do all the things in Beijing that you wanted to. Did you tour landmarks, go to the Pearl Market, Dance till you dropped? although I expect with your leggs you would outlast a DJ. !In one of your very early entries you mentioned wanted to go up into the mountains to camp, swim in the river and enjoy time just being there. Hope that you will be able to do that too. I will look for an entry here and don't expect to see one until you are good and ready. But it will probably be a dandy! How do you select from all that you have seen and done to share with us? What an Olympic sized task that will be.
Thanks for your sharing, your spirit, your example and for being the person you are.