I am excited to go to the University of Utah gymnastics meet tonight! I love going to meets because it reminds me of my youth and my own training as a gymnast.
Gymnastics (and ballet) were a huge part of my life and even though I wasn't able to achieve all of the goals that I had for myself and my training...it's okay, because when I look back on my life and the role that gymnastics played in it - I mostly have positive memories. Gymnastics was (and still is) a huge passion of mine.
One of my favorite memories is of Christmas 1994. My best friend at the time, and I both got beams for Christmas! I can still remember how excited I was and how we both thought it was so funny and so awesome that both of our dads got them for us that same Christmas...hmm, I still wonder if they were in on it together! I loved that thing so much and when I wasn't at the gym - I was at home practicing on it (and the mats that I had gotten the year before). It was one of the best presents I have ever gotten for Christmas!
But sadly...a few years ago, we had to get rid of it. After I graduated high school and moved out - I tried taking it will me, and I did bring it to some of the apartments I lived in (remember my beam being in our living room Mandy?) But I moved too often and some places were smaller than others so I had to take it back to my parents house. Well, after a few years - they were kind of tired of storing it and it was really in the way - so, eventually...I had to say goodbye to it.
R.I.P. my favorite present ever!!!