I’ve climbed hard
I’ve reached this plateau
The view is awesome
I’ve been recognized for being among the best
Others are continuing to climb towards the peak...
...they want to become even better
I will not continue with them
I am sad, but sure of my decision
The work to climb this far has made me who I am
I am satisfied with reaching this plateau
...there are other peaks to climb!
This plateau is a great place to launch from
Some want to reach the very top of this peak
Good for them
They’ll experience things I never will
I want to explore other peaks
I’ll experience things they never will
I have my glider on...
I step back…
Instantly I look back and a wave of fear overcomes me…
…what if that peak was all that I’m really good at?
…what about my friends still climbing?
…what if all I do is glide to the bottom and whither?
Then I look forward…
There are peaks as far as I can see!
Some are small
Some are taller than the one I was climbing
My fear disappears and is replaced by…
I can’t wait to explore what’s out here
I’ve always wanted to climb that…
I could not even see it from the last peak
...not at the bottom…
…but at the beginning.
Dedicated to my wonderful, brave, and wise daughter who ended her gymnastics career today. I love you so completely and I can’t wait to see what you explore next!