Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Inspired.

Today, I heard about an olympic ice skater, Joannie Rochette, who skated an amazing performance a day after her mother died.  I can't imagine having the courage to do that - I truly feel she showed the world an amazing lesson.  CNN writer Steve Almasy quoted her performance as "flawless" and said "everyone in the audience had a lump in thier throat."  

This story reminds me of my mom.  I learned something similar from her.  My mom and I spent a long night in the hospital saying good bye to her best friend as she lost her battle to cancer.  My mom was devistated, upset, and the most sad I have ever seen her... and as she wept for her friend, she made my lunch for school and encouraged us to get through the day.  That image of my mom is something I will carry with me forever.

What and who inspires you?

Hope you are having a fabulous Wednesday!
{pictures from Napa coming soon}

28 comments:

kelly@keeping up with kelly said...

My mom and grandma. They arent just my mom and grandma, they are my very best friends. I love them no mather what!!! They mean so much to me

Julie said...

I saw this on the Today show this morning and cried...they showed a clip of her finishing her routine and she just starts to cry...

Julie said...

I saw this on the Today show this morning and cried...they showed a clip of her finishing her routine and she just starts to cry...

Kelly said...

choked up reading your post... I feel the same way...

Melanie's Randomness said...

Oh poor dear. She probably skated flawlessly for her mom, wherever she is. Somehow I hope she saw her skate. Sorry to hear about your mom's friend. It's almost like we push on for them. We hold the memories with us & it inspires us to do each day to the fullest. What inspires me is my mom too. She never gives up & doesn't go down without a fight. She makes me want to go through each day to make her proud. =)

missy. said...

indeed! i don't think i could have done what she did. amazing.

Stephanie said...

This was very sad. I was watching it yesterday and there was definitely a few tears on my end! My mom is my inspiration. She is strong, thoughtful, and the most giving women I will ever meet!
Looking forward to the Napa pics!

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

I had not heard this story yet I amazing and inspirational!

In response to your message .... Yes you do lady! Get back in it - I have dearly missed you!

Pink Martini said...

I think my knees would have buckled and I would have been in a corner somewhere. It is incredible the strength we are given when we need it. My friend lost her brother today and I am amazed at what she is giving to others.

French lover said...

I saw her performance and couldn't believe her strength. She broke down once it was over and it broke my heart. She is incredibly brave. And talented.

Brittany Ann said...

I watched her perform and just cried. She was so strong and brave!

Brittany said...

Wow, such an inspirational story! I can't imagine. I haven't heard this story yet.

~KS said...

My grandma... she isn't here with me anymore, but she continues to inspire me. I learned so many lessons from her, and I will keep them close in my heart forever...

Summer {Bisfor...} said...

thank you for sharing this. such grace and strength.

xo

Michael and Shelley said...

Wow, that's so sad! Losing a loved one if very hard and when people like your mom and the ice skater can still manage to be strong, that's inspirational.

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

Oh my gosh I was totally crying! I think everyone in that arena was crying too and even the commentators were teary-eyed too. I hope she does AMAZING tonight!

Heather@WHMB said...

Such an amazing, but sad, story. She's very brave! I love being inspired so I take in any avenues that will trigger it for me. Friends, family, life situations...all the way to places, movies, and songs. Keeping inspiration alive is something I strive to do.

Leslee said...

Indeed, this was an incredible story...

I am insprired daily by people like Joannie who despite extreme pain in their lives they persevere. Whenever I feel that I don't have the strength or drive to push any further, I think about those that have it SO much worse off than me. That is what inspires me; that and the fact that I am surrounded my fabulous family & friends daily!! ♥ them...

OceanDreams said...

Wow, that is so admirable that she still skated despite her mom passing away! I don't know if I could have done that. My mom inspires me too, her courage and love for me and my family makes me speechless.

Lori said...

Tracy ~ this was truly a heartbreaking story and I cannot imagine doing what she did. She skates the long program tonight and although I know her Mom is looking over her ~ I hope she comes away with a medal. I am inspired by stories of women ~ photography and so much more. I think that is why I enjoy blogging so much.

Nicole Marie said...

Moms are so amazing. The older I get the more amazed I am by my mom. I just don't know how she's raised all of us and still has so much love and energy left over to do it all over again

Patty said...

I watched this story and it brought me back to 5 years ago, and my best friend losing his mom. I think we are both on the same page there. We all got up and went forward with our lives like she would have wanted, but I lost my best friend that day too... this story touched me, and many other, very closely

Allison said...

I couldn't imagine losing my mom; that must be one of the most devastating feelings. I'm so lucky to have both of my parents since my mom is a cancer survivor.

Kristin said...

I have no idea how she got through that. What a fighter! My lil' dude inspires me. His infectious laughter inspires me to get outta the doldrums!

Piper Jacquelyn said...

Mothers are definitely amazing people. I don't know what I would do without my own - I certainly don't think I would have been able to skate in the Olympics after such a tragic event! I didn't get to see her skate, but I have heard so much about how amazing she was!

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

wasn't she just amazing? I totally cried after watching this performance.

Allison said...

My mom inspires me too. It never ceases to amaze me that they can be going through such difficult times and still be willing to put everyone else first. I can only pray that I'll be as selfless if/when I'm someday a mother!
Thanks for sharing this and making me focus on how much my mama means to me! =)

wmf4 said...

Steve Almasy was my internship director when I interned at CNN in 2001. I did a double-take when I read his name in your entry!