Dreaming of Being a Gymnast...
I've got a lot of dreams and aspirations in life, and one of them is to be a gymnast - ha! I'm actually laughing at myself as I write this. You see, at the time of my brain bleed, I was a competitive gymnast with my heart set on representing NZ at the Olympics. It was a pretty big dream considering I had only just qualified to compete at a national level- but yes, I've always been a bit of a dreamer... Anyway, that dream obviously got cut short.
And it's not something I've never gotten over. I've always dreamed of being able to walk on my hands again. To be able to swing and kip on bars and to tumble along the floor like I used to.
Over the last few years, I've dabbled in a few gymnastic like activities (trampolining, silks, pole, and a parkour session) to see if it offers any relief to those dreams. But alas - no. If anything it makes them even stronger! And so this year - 2018, will be my gymnastics year. I'm going to train hard, work on my flexibility and see what I can teach my body to do...
Now I'm making no promises. I'm not guaranteeing that by the end of the year that I'll be able to walk the room on my hands, or that I'll be able to do the splits. But I am committing to regular practice and keeping accountable to my progress. I asked my daughter (Miss 8), to record a few videos of my current abilities. It's not much, but I'm really hoping that will change. Basically, it's my left hand and arm that let me down. My hand curls, and my arm is weak, and it's constantly numb. But I get excited by how far it could come in a year.
So here's me on Jan 23rd, and I'll update with new videos each month or so.
What's that? Oh you wish me luck? Thanks,
I'll take it!! :)