I enjoyed reading the book Off Balance by Dominique Moceanu. She honestly tells of her story in gymnastics and the struggles she experienced. She is open and aware of many of her own battles, sharing her challenges in a self reflected way as she seeks to work through them. It can be a hard book to read at times especially when hearing about the way she was treated by her father and professional coach. She had some incredible coaches at times, and you can easily see how the positive influences impacted her. Even the people who weren’t always kind, taught her valuable skills and traits that enhanced her career as she was open to learning from them. It is encouraging to hear her story and her ability to succeed and find herself in spite of all the challenges.
Watching gymnastics is something I am often inspired by and am amazed at the dedication and heart many athletes have for the sport. Often I want to give up in the personal and physical challenges, yet athletes learn how to work through these in order to accomplish their goals. The passion they show for their sport seems to compel them to move forward. Her story is a great reminder to me in learning to pick your battles, learning the lessons along the way, loving yourself, striving for the goal, and the great relationships that make all the difference.