I’m not sure whether you are aware, you’re probably not because you have a life, but good old Clarkson has been at it again. He said, after Andy Murray crying after the recent Wimbledon final, why do we all have to cry so much. Why is it such a big thing now, and so popular?
In his usual dulcet, ignorant tone he tried to degrade the efforts put in by amazing athletes’ and cast everyone with the same brush, as he so often does. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just broken an Olympic record, or broken a nail on Big Brother, you shouldn’t cry.
I agree, whole heartedly with the latter, and in part, I also agree with the base sentiment. We do seem to see crying too easily. I think it’s ok for a child whose not getting what they want to cry, as they have limited options, and often, the crying works to their advantage. However, it doesn’t work the same way when you’re an adult, and neither should it.
There are notable exceptions to the no cry concept as an adult, and Clarkson should understand this, as should everyone else.
If you’ve worked very very hard at something, waited patiently, sacrificed many other elements of your life, pushed yourself harder and faster, taken yourself to your very limit and won, or even, come close, you deserve those tears, you’ve earned them.
Murray is getting better and better, and he knows it, he is becoming more and more relaxed, and as a result, people like him more, and he is showing real promise.
If you just sit on your arse and drive a car fast, screaming ‘power’ and ‘c’mon’ and behave like a child with two other adults doing the same, I could understand why you couldn’t understand the emotion that builds. But, if you are Murray, or any one of our fantastic Olympian’s, and you’ve been doing something for years and years, getting better and better at it, and it all culminates in something spectacular, then well done you.
Olympian’s remind us what we are, why we are here. They all show us what human beings are capable of with hard work and dedication. They really are amazing. I think nearly Clarkson nearly cried once on camera, in fact I’m sure he did. They did an endurance race on Top Gear in a 3 series BMW. The 3 of them were exhausted, and exhilarated, and together as a unit after battling hard trying to bring this BMW home in a race. So somewhere in his soul he knows a slither of what this can be like.
Imagine working so hard for something, and then winning, and then seeing your family celebrate with you, and inspiring a generation? Imagine that….
Athletes inspire me to lose weight, to try and eat better, to cycle harder and faster.
Clarkson, well done. You’ve inspired me to write this article to remind you what an arse you are.