Years and years of training. Hours and hours of practice. Pushing forward when there was doubt, inside and out. Laser focus on a goal. Curiosity turned into passion. Passion turned from "I want to do this" to "I must do this. It's what I was put here on earth to do."
So many of us search for that "thing" that makes our heart song and sets our soul on fire.
I strongly believe as a parent, if our kiddo has a curiosity, a deep-seated passion, it's up to us to support their pursuit of that passion. If that means our children need private lessons or have travel expenses, that's what it means. That is what being a parent means. We have to figure it out.
Kids - if you have a passion inside you, a curiosity to be something greater than where you are right now, something that keeps you awake at night, big dreams and big goals that stir your soul...then go after it and NEVER let anybody tell you it can't be done.
For all of us - every small choice adds up.
That gymnastics class Aly or Gabby's parent put them in at age 3? It matters.
The sleepovers they chose to miss to get more practice time? It matters.
Every small choice adds up. For these girls, it all adds up to the opportunity to represent Team USA.
For us, we have to decide what OUR big dreams are...where our curiosity is leading us...and go after that. And every small choice we make around that dream, that curiosity, matters.
Think what what makes you curious. Then pursue it. Find out if it makes your heart sing. Then...go after it. Make small choices every day that lead to big goals and dreams. It's worth it.