“We All Make Mistakes”
So, I had been preparing for an international Fitness competition. There were competitors from over 40 countries, many of which brought their interpreters. It’s called, The Arnold, and is named after The Terminator himself. Although I was sidelined with a neck injury, I felt ready to compete and to start making a fitness name for myself.
I was #10 and the last competitor in the short class for fitness. We were all back stage and there was a television so that we could see everyone else’s routine. The first routine was last year’s overall winner, and she had an amazing routine. However, I watched the rest of the girls and realized that my routine was pretty comparable, if not better, than theirs.
As I went on the stage, the crowd was impressed with my opening, I became excited with my routine and my facial expressions were in full swing. And then the first thing started happening – my shorts started riding up the crack on my buttocks. Yeah, at first I said to just leave it, but they were really up there. So – I picked them out. And then I picked them out again. And then I picked them out one more time. My butt was already bigger than the other women on stage and the last thing I wanted to do was expose its entire package to the watching audience.
I was stoked to get through the strength moves in my routine with ease and just had my last tumbling pass to complete. I had plenty of energy and couldn’t wait to end the routine. I did the tumbling pass – a roundoff, backhand spring, backtuck. As my feet touched the ground for my backtuck, so did my hands. I was SO MAD at myself. Since I was six years old, I don’t ever remember falling on a tumbling pass. I was disappointed with myself and although I talked to other people, I didn’t talk to myself for the entire night.
Although I wanted 3rd or 4th, I ended up placing 5th in the competition. It taught me a lot of lessons as I prepare for my next major competitions in several weeks. Most importantly, I learned to recover and keep going when something doesn’t go as expected. I also learned that a mistake will only make you stronger. This competition was supposed to be preparation for the Pro Card qualifier that matters, so know I can fix the cracks (literally) and perform a stronger routine.
Mistakes happen to us all. Even sometimes in front of people. Even sometimes in front of thousands of people. Even sometimes in front of several websites that post unpleasant pictures of your backside. Even sometimes on videos on sale to hundreds of people. But, hey, it’s all good. It should just give you the drive to try again and this time come back with a better package!
M.Y. March 2009