Gymnastics. My first love.
I started gymnastics at the age of 3. I went on to do gymnastics for the next 11 years and hung up my grips after my freshman year of high school. Looking back on that decision now, I now fully believe that I didn’t want gymnastics bad enough to put in the time, money and energy to go to practice daily for long hours. I loved hanging out with my friends and going to games more. And there is NOTHING wrong with that! It just wasn’t in the cards for me to pursue gymnastics, as a gymnast, past the age of 14. I still loved it and watched it after I stopped but I missed it so much. I would often question myself after I stopped and even years later and wonder why I ever gave it up.
Fast forward 15 years. I found my first love, again. I knew we would meet again. I now coach gymnastics J. Imagine that! It has all come full circle now and I have never been happier when I am doing something. I love the sport. The fact that I get to teach little humans (aka small children) the sport that I love, warms my heart beyond measure. It brings back SO many memories and I feel more than just a gymnastics coach. I also feel like a life coach. We teach them discipline, patience, courage, strength and so much more! The skills we teach in gymnastics are skills that they will also need in the real world as they become older. I feel SO honored and blessed to be laying the foundation for them, whether they continue with gymnastics or not. Gymnastics teaches agility, flexibility, and balance too. All of which can also come in handy for other sports as well.
I never, in a million years imagined that I would be teaching the sport that changed my life. My dad always told me, even when I was still a gymnast, that I should be a coach. I always shot it down but he knew deep down that I would find and follow that path one day. I would always host gymnastics shows and spot my little sister and cousins (it helped that we ALL into gymnastics, at one point). It just came naturally to me. Speaking of natural, I LOVE being able to recognize when children just have it for gymnastics. Their form, their ability to listen to my direction and corrections is impeccable. It’s nice to hear that they have been doing the sport for a few years and to add that to their natural ability, you have yourself a true gymnast.
I will be forever grateful that I found my first love again. I am the happiest when I am doing what I love <3. That is what I’ve learned since finding gymnastics again. Find something you love and dive all in <3. I found where I belong, the only regret I have is that it took me so long to find it. I thought I had given it up completely 15 years ago but I wasn’t looking hard enough. Gymnastics, thank you for being just how I remembered you so long ago and for reminding me why I fell in love from the beginning.