Sunday, August 12, 2012

A Word to those Olympic Gold Medal Girls

You are amazing, talented, passionate, driven.  You're also probably exhausted, somewhat injured, and confused by the offers (or lack thereof) from companies who'd like you to grin from their cereal boxes or wear their lip gloss.  You're also kind of done.  Because most gymnasts only get one Olympics.  And, in four years, they'll be the golden, endorsement-gleaning teen cuties and you'll be twenty-ish.
You are not alone.  There are plenty of teen athletes and performers who, without going for Olympic gold, have still given years of their young lives over to a sport or art and who, upon high school graduation, have to face a future that isn't all about rock-hard abs or hitting that high C.

BREATHE.  It's okay.  You're a kid who has accomplished a lot.  But you are not a grown-up yet.  That medal is not who you are.  Gold, silver or bronze, your story is not over.  Allow yourself to embrace new dreams.

Your life is still YOUR story to write.  Don't cry too much.  Live big, live forward, live more.

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