I loved the sport, and I wanted to improve. Thinking of others' impressions only hampered that goal, I realized. All I needed to focus on was myself, and the other things -- the things out of my control -- would naturally play out.
I was so wrong to think that qualifying to level 10 was the ultimatum that determined whether I had succeeded or not as a gymnast. I resolved that no matter what, I will never lose myself to regret. I will never wallow in self-pity.
As I head into my last months of rhythmic,I've been constantly impugned with questions like: "Why are you still doing gymnastics? Don't you have other things you would rather be doing?"
Well, if you're asking this, you obviously don't understand me.