When I started training for my first competition I was really nervous to tell anyone that I was doing it. I was a bit worried about how people would react when I told them and about what they would think. I think this is a normal feeling when trying something new. I wasn’t close to stage ready and I had never actually ever been to a show. I was worried that I would let people down or that I wouldn’t actually complete what I had set out to do. When I first started to tell people I don’t think many people even knew what to think. At first I would judge their reaction and think that they were disapproving. In reality they knew as much about competing as I first did when I found out a couple of my friends were going to start training for their first show. It was a look of surprise and then you could almost see the wheels turning, as people tried to fully understand what that actually meant. When taking a first glance at a competition promotional flyer you see people in small amounts of clothes with rhinestones and clear heels. Moving beyond appearance you would think, okay, so she wants to go stand on stage with a bunch of beautiful women and have judges assess her based solely on her body and pick who looks the best. In reality we learn that competing is SO MUCH MORE than that. Competing is about setting a goal and working hard every single day for months to reach that goal. It is an emotional, mental and physical struggle that helps build you up to a stronger more determined person. Judges look at physiques and judge based on muscularity, posing, symmetry, stage presence and so much more. My point is, that education is key. We are all so scared of what we don’t know. As a society we try to avoid things that make us uncomfortable. When we look beyond what is in our comfort zone and we give things a chance we learn that there is so many amazing opportunities out there.
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