I have read some blogs recently and heard some “social-net” chatter the past couple of days all about the Olympics, and specifically Figure Skating.

I, however, wanted to depart from the Figure Skating discussion to share my excitement about the incredible contingency on the US Snowboarding Team!

Both men and women alike, they have captured my attention.

In particular, two members of Team USA, namely Shaun White and Kelly Clark have held my rapt attention for the past two nights.

Now, Gentle Reader, I neither snow board nor like to have my feet leave terra firma, but watching these kids execute crazy moves like inverted 720’s, or Shaun’s insanely crazy “Double McTwist 1260“, or just “catching air” I am simply amazed! These tricks all look practically impossible (at least to my 49 year old perspective) yet they pull these moves off with an apparent ease that makes me think they have wings and can fly!

However, what really drew me to these two amazing kids was their bold individuality.

They are different and they celebrate that fact!

From Shaun White’s long hair to Kelly Clark unabashedly singing along with her iPod before her run, these young athletes are amazingly accessible and refreshingly unique role models for today’s youth.

I do not believe that society celebrates bold individuality enough today; striving to “be like everyone else” consumes everyone and he or she fear being different. Especially today’s youth, while they want to look and act differently, they all want to be the same as their peers, so when these uniquely different individuals appeared big and bold on the scene they caught my attention for sure.

As a person who has long danced to the tune of a different drummer, like-minded people excite me, and I wish there were more of them.

Therefore, this weekend, Gentle Readers, I want to challenge you all to try out some new dance steps. Step out of your box, embrace what is different about you, and be bold and show it off for the entire world to see.

Who knows, you just might enjoy it, because I promise you I will!

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