Chalk, Sweat, And Tears - Personal Narrative

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I can feel the buzz of activity surrounding me. Every gymnast that passes with a watchful eye and every nervous coach carefully observing the competition, I can feel all of it around me like a weight on my back. All of it however falls by the way side as I jump toward the uneven bars and my hands make their initial contact with the equipment. There are coaches and gymnasts rushing past, screams of frustration penetrate through the music playing on the loud speaker, and then there’s my coach standing a few feet away offering words of encouragement. I am confident. The second I feel the pull on my shoulders and the familiar pain of sore hands, I slipped away into my own world. A silent world full of chalk dust and... View More »

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I was supposed to bring in a score for not one but all four events, and I failed. During the scramble for my replacement I felt the shame burn up inside me. My team needed me and I had failed them. I couldn’t wait to get out of sight. I walked off to be by myself to wallow, allowing the sounds of the meet wash over me.
A teammate rushed up to me wide eyed, “YOU PUNCHED COACH SAGER!!!” Crap. I punched my coach, not the bar. I walk over to find her and as she spun around to face me I see the bruise forming on her chin. She smiles and laughs at the series of events. Due to the adrenaline, she didn’t even know how I got hurt until the bruise showed. By that time the athletic trainer was there and examines my finger. He looks at me and states that he doesn’t blame me for the punch, and that the middle of a backflip is the perfect time to do it. Everyone seems to be upbeat. It mocks me. I am pummeling myself with guilt and hatred. I knew how to do that skill, how could I be so stupid as to let go so early? What was my team going to do with me gone last minute? I found a corner and started to cry. I was scared to face my teammates after I had let them down. When I came back into the open they greeted me with, “Where have you been! How’s your finger! You won’t believe what just happened!” They spoke with me like it was just one of the daily events and nothing more. I was scared for nothing. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to stop judging oneself so much.

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