My performance on Friday wasn’t 100% where I wanted it to be. I made a slight mistake in a drop, and though I recovered well and quickly to the point where most people watching couldn’t tell, I knew and I couldn’t do the beautiful transition I had planned. And it’s frustrating because I’ve done that drop 100 times and that’s never happened, but sometimes flukes just occur.
I was pretty upset about it, but when I look at these amazing pictures @andr0000 took, I have to appreciate how far I’ve come. I have no dance or gymnastics background. I started aerial at the same time I started graduate school for my doctorate in physical therapy. I couldn’t even touch my toes 5 years ago, I couldn’t do a single pull-up, and my split was like a foot off of the ground. But I fell in love with the aerial art form and was bound and determined to make myself into an aerialist. Sometimes we need to take a step back and appreciate the process, the wonderful moments, and really respect how far we’ve come.