For the love of sports

I remember taking gymnastics as a very young girl. During one session we were to bend over backward and flip over a big foam block. I was scared, and told the instructor I couldn’t do it. He had me look up on the wall and read a sign that said, “Not I can’t . . . I can!”

I wanted to believe him, but just couldn’t, and I refused to try the flip. Too many physical and mental barriers stood in the way.

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