The first time I saw rhythmic gymnastics was during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, where it was first introduced as an Olympic Sport. That year many of the Eastern European countries boycotted the games and Canada’s Lori Fung took the gold!
I was so glad that I could find a video of Lori’s ball routine because I remember how much it moved me at the time. How graceful and precise each movement was as if she and the ball were one.
Not being a very athletic person, I could only dream of having that talent. I think of all the sports we took at school, and all of those I have watched, any type of gymnastics is my favourite. I was okay on the balance beam but have never had much upper body strength for things like the uneven bars!
I have always said that the Lord must have had a bad day when he gave me the heart of a singer, mother, and gymnast and not the ability to be any of those.
However, we all know that He knows best.
The heart of a mother has helped me be there for so many who just needed someone to care for them.
The heart of a singer helped me to find comfort in a song when nothing or no one else could get through my emotional and physical pain.
And the heart of a gymnast has given me the strength and grace to deal with all of life’s challenges.