Gymnasts are over achievers in so many areas. Sometimes, it can feel like everyone in your class has had a boyfriend or girlfriend before you have. Or everyone else is getting straight A’s while you’re stuck with a C in Math. Or, somehow, you’re not doing high school right, because your story doesn’t look anything like what you see in TV shows or movies about “the best years of your life.” You spend countless hours in the gym and you feel you may be missing something.
I’m here to tell you that it’s okay if you feel this way — and, in fact, it’s totally, utterly, and completely normal if most of your high school experience doesn’t feel like one epic “High School Musical”-worthy song and dance number. But it can be survivable (and maybe even fun, sometimes), if you can find a way to shake off the pressure you’re putting on yourself to find a prom date, or that perfect group of friends, and vow to stop being embarrassed about the things you like or do.
With this in mind, I’d like you to repeat after me,:
“It’s Okay If You…”
Haven’t had your first kiss by the time you graduate high school
Don’t have a date for prom
Don’t have a “best friend”
Have never had a “summer fling”
Don’t have straight A’s
Don’t win a senior superlative