Alright, so I’m going to do a little bit of a different post today. For a lot of people right now marks the beginning of the season, and for others of you, you may be on that last push to get skills before you start constructing routines. That being said, I think everyone can relate to what I’m about to say. Gymnastics is a journey. Our kids don’t become great gymnasts over night. Every day, if we are doing our jobs right, we invest our time, our energy and our skills into our kids, and in return we get to watch them grow and change, we get to watch them become gymnasts, teammates and friends.
Some days we may find ourselves getting frustrated. Our kids may not be getting the skills we want them to, or they may not be hitting their routines. Either way, I think we need to remember that it’s not what we get out of a day that’s truly important. It’s what we put into it. That’s what sets the stage for the future, that’s what determines our character as individuals, and that’s what we are going to pass along to our athletes.
This young one is coached by Liang Chow, and has boundless potential. That day, was just a REALLY off day, but you know what? It’s a journey, she may not have gotten the routine at nationals that she wanted, but she put in the effort, she got through the routine. That’s another step forward for her, another step, another seed sown. Who knows, maybe she’ll win bars at nationals next year. It’s all a journey. Don’t get frustrated.