Someday she will perform her final cartwheel, back tuck or giant swing.
There will be no more achievement ribbons to earn, compulsories or optional routines.
No coaches wrangling kids into classes, and no judges in blue handing out scores.
And the leotards will be tucked into storage or passed on to former team members.
Someday, for all kids who do the sport, gymnastics will come to an end. For some it may be after a few months, others after years and still others will only put down the grips when college is over or even beyond.
But this I guarantee: at some point everyone who does gymnastics retires.
So, while I am committed to making sure all the kids in my programs get awesome instruction and have a wonderful gymnastics experience, I am even more committed to ensuring that they take with them life lessons that will serve them far beyond the years that they spent in the gym.
After all, if all goes, as it should, a person should spend significantly more time in the post-gymnastics phase of life.
Gymnastics carries young people forward with a number of skills that aid in making them a successful adult. Here are some of them:
- Resiliency. You learn the art of resiliency, falling down and getting up over and over again, literally and figuratively. Being passed over for a promotion is disappointing, but so was seeing your best friend get moved up a level ahead of you. You survived that and you will survive this. It won’t cause you to quit, it will cause you to double down and work that much harder.