I loved the talent, athleticism, speed and brilliance.
The suspense, the 'edge-of-the-seat' terror, the willing them on, the yelling at the TV screen.
The unabashed joy, the all-consuming pride at medals won,
The incoherent enthusiasm about incredible performances
Days full of awe, joy, heartache, skill and pride topped off by Adam Hill's 'Last Leg' - a realistic, down-to-earth, honest and highly amusing show where talking about disability was no longer taboo.
How can we not be changed? I am. More open to ability, enthusiastic about sport, hooked on wheelchair basketball and rugby, and considering trying a 10k 'run' (wheel).
Perhaps some people will now expect too much of me, but that doesn't matter - I can communicate and explain if I need to.
I have already noticed a change in the looks I get - still stares, but interested not pitying. Not looking down, but looking across.