In the summer of 2012 David Bowie’s song “Heroes” became the anthem of the London Olympics despite Bowie turning down an invitation from British director Danny Boyle to be part of the opening ceremony. Gracious as ever, Bowie agreed to a meeting.
Boyle had a lot to thank him for. Bowie had asked Iggy Pop and Lou Reed to let their songs be used basically for free on Boyle’s low-budget 1996 indy film “Trainspotting.” Pop’s (OK — Bowie wrote the music) “Lust for Life,” which for many of us was one of the great songs of the ’70s, became part of a new generation.
In 2012, I’d had MS for three years. I could still walk a fair distance, but thought my days of sport were over.
Tennis had been my game in middle age. I wasn’t that good but had perfected a wicked inside-outside forehand drop shot. I remembered it wistfully because I never thought I’d hit a tennis ball again. Not standing up anyway: I couldn’t risk a fall.
The one fall I’d had that revealed my MS had smashed my shoulder so badly that it took me two operations and three years to recover. In fact, in 2012, it had only just happened. The pain was often so bad that I forgot about MS.
Half-heartedly I’d done a bit of research, but the nearest wheelchair tennis place was miles away. And nobody even picked up the phone.
After the Olympics we had two weeks of the equally successful Paralympics.
The Monday morning after the closing ceremony, my wife asked why there wasn’t disability tennis at our local club. She has a habit of cutting to the chase, and told me to stop whining and do something. She does that a lot.
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