Shane Koyczan's speech in the opening ceremonies really spoke to my heart. Defining what it means to 'be Canadian' is a tough thing to do, but as I've taken to the streets of downtown Vancouver, it's clear to me that "...we are an idea in the process of being realized..." It's a collection of individual ideas that is continually evolving and uniting us moment by moment.
For me that idea is one of unity, of community and of having the world at your doorstep.
It's about coming together, no matter the weather and living for what you believe.
It's about respect and understanding and foreign people landing in a place where it's safe to wave their flags.
It's individuality in co-operation en masse.
It's accepting and striving for more than a half full glass.
It's knowing we are one when it's down to the gun,
And believing in something greater upon every rising sun.
It's humble and quiet when the world is a riot and it knows when to act or relax.
It's pride in what's right, a justified fight,
A peacekeepers vision in the end.
We are the example, the change we wish to see
And whether we realize it or not, that spotlight is on
Because something different is bred between our three seas.
We smile and nod
Knowing we might create a smile
Please and thank you, your welcome too
Canadians will go the extra mile.
"With glowing hearts,
We see the rise,
The true north strong and free
From far and wide, O'Canada
We stand on guard for thee."