From the incredibly talented and hard working winners to the newest physie girls who had the courage to take to the stage uncertain of what to expect, congratulations on a fantastic physie year! This weekend I had the privilege of travelling to Sydney to witness some incredible physie and it got me thinking. Do these girls know what they are achieving or understand how incredible they are? Although you may have heard these all before, now is a great time to be reminded of the 10 things every physie girl should know.
You are exceptional, unique and have strengths and weaknesses just like any other human being. You are valuable and you are most definitely irreplaceable. Whether you win or not doesn’t change your worth. The prizes or the results of the day are not who you are. You are so much more!
My heart broke as I listened to one beautiful physie girl explain how she felt as if all her hard work was a waste of time. All her efforts didn’t seem to make a difference. Surely if you work hard and practice consistently you will have better results come competition time, yes? Well, as you may be aware, there is no guarantee that all your hard work will get you to the Grand final or to Opera House or secure you a place at nationals.
Every time you practice, however, you are becoming stronger. Physically as well as mentally. You are preparing your self for your future. Just because this year didn’t result in the win you desired doesn’t mean you aren’t on your way. The dreams you have for physie may one day become dreams in other areas of your life. You may have dreams for other sports, other activities, school work, a profession, travel or family. All you hard work is actually setting you up to be ready to fight for the things that matter most to you. Plus, think about how much you have improved. What a head start you have going into the new year!
No one comes to competition aiming to come last. The aim is to win! And for some of you, this year you have done just that. You have won! I hope you have experienced the high of winning! I hope you feel proud of your accomplishments and cherish your win.
You may also experience some things you didn’t expect to. When you win, there may be jealousy to deal with from others. Choosing to do physie takes commitment, courage and determination for the journey. You plan for it by going to class, getting your body stronger and preparing your mind to overcome the challenges that come up during the year. Don’t forget to draw on that strength should any unexpected trials come up. Likewise, if you didn’t come away with the result you had hoped for, you will be gaining strength of character as you exercise what it is like to be a good sport.
When you do physie your body is stronger by the end of the year than it would have been if you hadn’t done physie. You will have fantastic core strength which will result in better posture which will effect the way your body functions…Your brain benefits from having to learn the steps of your routines as well as co-ordinating the body to perform the syllabus. This makes you smarter! Physie girls who understand that the results are subjective can step into the best judging system available. That is, one where you assess your own progress and reflect on your own performances. These benefits will stay with you into adulthood. Don’t give up!
We started by recognising you are unique and irreplaceable but I want to point out further that you really are one of a kind. Are you a great friend to your mates at physie? Are you kind to the younger girls who look up to you? Do you make someone who is nervous feel a little more at ease at competitions?
Perhaps one day you will be an amazing teacher, an incredible judge or an extraordinary choreographer! Keep gaining all the knowledge you can about physie and be yourself! Judy Garland said “Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of somebody else”. You offer something special to physie that no one else can offer because there is no one else like you!
Consider your teachers, your family and friends and how proud they are of you. They take time off work, they travel far and wide and they sit through hours of physie just to see you. Do you know why? Because they believe in you! They love you and want to be there to cheer you on. How cool is that?! You have your very own cheer squad when you do physie.
It’s the truth. Sometimes you will win. Sometimes you won’t. On top of that, sometimes you won’t win when you were deserving! But when the day comes and you final, place or for a few of you, bring home the cup, that moment will be extra special. Your wins will motivate you to excel but so will your losses.
In fact, Champion Girls only get to be Champion Girls because they have amazing competition to challenge them. Imagine if you had no competition. You wouldn’t have to work very hard to be the best, would you? And that wouldn’t help you be all you can be! If you feel disappointed by your results, please remember you have not failed! It was someone else’s time to shine. She has likely worked very hard to achieve what she has and she deserves her win. Be happy for her. Congratulate her. It’s ok to feel sad about not winning and be happy for those who are celebrating! Part of your success is in how you treat those around you, beautiful girl.
If we measure each physie experience by the results we achieve alone, we miss so many incredible moments. Every time you compete you are making memories that you will treasure for years to come. Were your family able to see you compete? Did you share some time with a friend? Did you travel by plane or get to do a roadtrip? What songs did you listen to? What moments made you laugh? Were you inspired by watching other physie girls? Think about each wonderful memory and focus on these.
No matter what your results were, you have years of physie ahead of you. Keep in mind the big picture. You are only getting started. Every year you compete will prepare you to be better the year that follows. See this competition as preparation for the next. But remember to take time to rest, recover and enjoy your achievements along the way.