I watched the majority of the closing ceremony of the Olympics last night and whilst I was disappointed in it, I was also glad about that.
This sounds a funny thing to say I know. Why on earth would I be glad that the closing ceremony wasn't anywhere near as good as was expected?
The answer to that question is that for me, the bad ending restored the balance of things. I'm British. We never expect everything to go well and, in my case at least, I don't trust something when every component goes exactly the way that it should.
I went into this Olympics I suspect much like many others in the British Isles. Sceptical, wary and praying to hell that we wouldn't show ourselves up.
What happened in fact was that the opening ceremony was more than I could have ever expected it to be. The games were carried out well and with decorum from the majority. All of our athletes did us proud and we won more medals than we had ever expected.
Pride has been restored to the country and we experienced that wonderful "joining together" that us Brits are famous for doing, but so rarely do.
If the closing ceremony had in fact been just as good, I have a feeling that in time, we would have all have forgotten just how wonderful these two weeks have been. Do you know why? Because we wouldn't have trusted our memories. Being the cynical creatures that most of us are, I believe that in a few months the memories would have been clouded.
Now though, we have our badly ending ceremony that will let us keep our memories the way we remember them now. We can keep those glorious two weeks of celebration, hope and joining together. They will stay in our memories now, because everything wasn't perfect. Nothing that is really really good ever is.
It will probably sound strange to those of foreign climes, it may even sound strange to people from Great Britain, this thinking may just be may own. But hey, it's my blog with my own thoughts.