Practice and Love

Ellen - Stilwell, Kansas
Entered on May 14, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

Practice and Love

I believe that you can do anything that you put your mind to. When I was younger, about 6, I always had this dream of being on the Olympic podium with the gold metal around my neck for gymnastics. So then I told my mom I wanted to be a gymnast, and the next day she signed me up. I had gymnastics practice 2 days a week. If I wanted to get close to the Olympics I would need to practice everyday for about 4-6 hours. Even though I was only 7 years old, I still remember going to gymnastics 2 days a week and every time I showed up I just wanted to get right to it. Then after the 1 hour of practice I didn’t want to leave. There was one day when I just decided to hold on to the beam and never let go.

I did practice gymnastics until I was in third grade; I would have been about 10. The only reason I did quit gymnastics was because in third grade my coach had girlfriend issues and quit on me and my friend. I am now 13, and to this day, I have tried to convince my mom to sign me up again, but she is afraid that I will break my neck doing a trick. That is also the reason she wouldn’t let my brother play football because she was afraid that he would get seriously hurt.

I never did make it even close to the Olympics, but I still believe that you can do anything or accomplish anything that you put your mind to. “I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true-hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.” –Ray Bradbury. One of the many reasons that I never even made it to the Olympics is because I never practiced, and I didn’t really love gymnastics. You know when you are younger, every week you want to be something different when you grow up. Well, to me gymnastics was one of those many things that I wanted to be when I grew up. I also wanted to be an astronaut, doctor, or the first woman president. A gymnast was the only one of those things that I actually tried to pursue.

I believe that you can do anything you put your mind to.