My mom tells me that when I was little I always had a lot of energy and I carried around a plastic animal in my hand everywhere I went. She reminds me when I threw all my toys into the small indoor, mediative pool in the Whole Food dining area. She reminds me of the time I threw a bunch of toys in the toilet and tried to flush them to neverland. I think she had to keep her eye on me 24/7, so I wouldn’t do something destructive to myself or others.
Because of my rambunctiousness, she enrolled in gymnastics at a very young age. It became my favorite activity. I loved tumbling, running, jumping and swinging. Once I mastered a few skills, I joined the competitive boys team. This meant I spent a lot of time in a gym with a bunch of boys who also had lots of energy. Each year, I got a little bit stronger, gained more skills and became more competitive. However it wasn’t just the gymnastics skills I learned, it was the life skills that I learned that will be with me for the rest of my life.
Trusting my coach is one lesson. He was the person who picked me up when I would fall off the parallel bars. He gave me a time out when I wasn’t focused on the task at hand. He cheered for me when I would beat a high score in competition. He believed in me and I believed in him. I learned that I will get ahead and improve when I have trust in someone who is looking out for me.
Working on a team means cooperation and friendship. I spent many hours in the gym with my teammates. In the last year that I was in competitive gymnastics, I would spend almost 20 hours at the gym working on skills, strength training and hanging out with my teammates. We would encourage each other to try and learn new tricks. We would console each other when one of us got injured and had to miss a few practices. We knew that if we all cooperated and gave each other encouragement, we would not only be better gymnasts, but also better friends.
I gave all my plastic animals to my little cousin to carry around and love. I know that eight years of gymnastics has given me more than the security of my animals. I know guidance, trust, encouragement, teamwork and friendship will bring me success and whatever I do now and in the future.
I love my toys!!
Gymnastics is a good way to get my energy out!
Don't give up and keep going!
I really like my coach
As the years pass, my gymnastics improve and I get stronger little by little. I feel proud of myself!
I am ready for the next meet!
We are a team!
I am giving my toys that I played with when I was a little kid to you. I hope you enjoy these toys.