“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… play for her.” - Mia Hamm
This is a pretty famous quote, and I’ve always found it helped me whenever I was struggling in gymnastics and needed perspective. With this being my last blog post for a bit, I wanted to end on a high note and talk about all the things gymnastics has given me.
Gymnastics kind of snuck up on me. I never saw it consuming my whole life. Yes, other sports are similar, as in you’re always practicing and going to games or competitions, but I don’t think any sport sucks you in as much as gymnastics. It requires a certain amount of dedication, grit, and resilience to be involved in gymnastics, not just from you but from your family as well. I was lucky enough to experience more of a regular childhood thanks to my parents and coaches, and to them I’ll always be grateful for giving me that freedom. Yes, I did have to miss out on some school dances, football games, and spring break trips, but it was all worth it. I have no regrets when it comes to that because I got my childhood dream, I got to be a gymnast at the University of Michigan. How cool is that?
Not only did I get my dream, but I learned life lessons that I honestly think typically take people a whole lifetime to learn. Obviously, there were ups and downs but those got me to where I am today, reflecting and applying those lessons. Gymnastics will forever be one