Dear Remarkable Woman,
This weekend I travelled to Sydney to see some amazing physie at the Ladies National Championships. Women from all over Australia have been training to learn their routines since February. I came to witness the result of months of work. Instead, I met you.
You are the woman who overcame not being able to walk after a car accident.
You are the woman who gave your all to battle cancer before you gave your all to battle at nationals.
You are the woman who has lost a loved one but continues to look after yourself and surround yourself with people who will lift you up and support you through it.
You are the woman who was petrified of stepping out on the floor as past insecurities surfaced.
You are the woman who once said you were too old or too fat or too tall or too uncoordinated to compete but decided it is you and not “they” who get to decide if that is true.
You are the woman who didn’t let an injury stop you from participating even though you knew there would be no glory.
You are the woman who had no idea how beautiful you looked or how amazing your physie was.
You are the woman who lifted others up and genuinely celebrated with those who had success even when your own dreams were not realised.
You are the woman who started physie as a child and finally made it to national finals in your 40’s.
You are the woman who made the commitment to better yourself and see just how strong you really are.
You are the woman who returns year after year and doesn’t give up.
You are the remarkable woman who just impacted my life.
You will not know that you made me smile with joy when I saw you perform. You will not know that I was silently cheering you on when you lost your balance or went the wrong way. You will not know that I told my family and my friends about you. But I need you to know you inspire me to be a better me.