My childhood gymnastics coach will always be in my life

To The Coach Who Never Quit On Me

You will always be family to me.

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One of the best feeling gymnastics ever brought me was knowing you were proud of me. I began gymnastics knowing one thing: I loved being upside down. Nothing felt more natural than flipping through the air and defying gravity. Nothing felt greater than landing a new skill and seeing your reaction. Your approval was everything to me. It made me great. It made me strong. You never quit on me, and for that reason, I never quit on myself.

You were there for me, practice after practice, competition after competition. You were also there, making sure I never cheated on my sets, ensuring I was becoming a better gymnast and an even greater person.

I always knew who you were. You were the head coach, the one to impress, the queen in my eyes. I remember one day, in particular, an in-house gymnastics meet hosted by our very own club. You weren't my coach yet, I knew you didn't even know who I was. But I remember seeing you coach the older girls, the ones I looked up to. It was from that day on I made it my mission to be noticed by you, so that one day, I too could be one of the older girls who every young gymnast aspired to be.

As a gymnast, I was good. Looking back, I don't remember how I did all that. I must have had a good teacher or something. You taught me passion and hard work, the importance of integrity and the value of teamwork. Most of all, you taught me resilience.

In gymnastics, you never know what's coming. One day you can be training for your first Level 10 meet and the next, you could be in a wheelchair, which more or less happened to me. What I'm trying to get at here is that injuries are inevitable.

But you never left my side. You were there on the floor for me the minute you saw me go down. You were there for me, comforting me when the doctor told me I would need surgery if I ever wanted to do gymnastics again. You were there for me that entire competition season when I was on the sidelines, knowing how badly I wanted to be out there competing myself. You took me to every competition I would be missing, showing me the importance of being there for my team all while ensuring I was never forgotten. You were there for me when I made my comeback to the sport and you were there for me when I told you I was quitting gymnastics for good.

Years later, I don't focus on the pain the sport brought me. I don't focus on the fact that I spent nearly five hours after school Monday-Friday at practices. I don't focus on the gold medals or even all the hard work I put in. When I think of gymnastics, I think of all the lessons I learned, from the sport and from my coach. I am who I am because of it.

As an adult now, I will continue to make you proud. I may be too old for the monkey bars, but I will continue to work hard in whatever I do, just like you always taught me.

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It's different for each of us. Some prefer being showered in gifts, being showed off on social media, bragged about to family and friends. But, what is the one thing that all of those have in common?

That would be the unmistakable amount of love your significant other has for you, that they will do anything to show you that they love you unconditionally. We all show our love for one another in various ways. I for one love being shown the love someone else has for me in small things they do.

It could be a simple 'good morning love' text message or even just a hug out of the blue. Knowing that someone cares so deeply about you is one of life's greatest gifts. Knowing that another human being loves you and wants to be with you, it makes us drunk off of love and our heads float up to the stars.

However, when we don't feel that love, that connection, that reassurance from our significant other that they love and care for us back, it can be an extremely overwhelming and a lonely feeling.

We start looking for those feelings and connections elsewhere. In our friends for reassurance if we look good or blowing up their phones for attention.

We start caring about if other people find us attractive or not, we relish in compliments that other people give us. We start looking for that happiness elsewhere. It's not because you stop loving your significant other or stop caring about them, but we as humans need to feel important and like we are needed by another person.

When you stop letting your significant other know how much you care about them or showcasing your love for them, even if it's a simple gesture like holding their hand or holding the door open for them, they will begin to look elsewhere.

Now I am in no way saying that they will cheat on you, but your relationship and their attitude and feelings towards you will never be the same until you start showing them how much they mean to you just as much as they do for you. I don't condone cheaters or staying in a relationship that you are not happy in.

Yes, some relationships go through hard times like distance or a traumatic event. However, the way I see it is if you entered into the relationship, to begin with, you obviously cared about that person a lot and if they show you that they care and love you for the person you are and your past then they deserve the same in return from you.

Relationships are not always easy, they take time, determination, communication, compromise, and love to stay afloat. If one of you isn't willing to give your all and put forth the effort needed then it will never work. A relationship can't be successful if it is only one-sided.

Despite peoples life's being busy on a day to day basis, you need to always find time for your significant other. Because at the end of the day when things hit the fan, your significant other should be the one that will be there no matter what and always be by your side.

All in all, you need to treat each other the way in which you would want to be treated in a relationship and treat them the way they should be treated despite whatever chaos is going on in the world about you. Love is the conquer of all and should never be thrown around or not taken seriously.

Loving someone else is a gift we are given by God and never taken lightly.

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Often typecast as the "dumb blonde", and widely perceived as engendering the use and popularity of such a stereotype through her works "How To Marry A Millionaire" and "Gentleman Prefer Blondes", Monroe to this day, remains an enduring, and lasting fixture in Modern American Pop Culture. With the now deceased starlet's birthday having been celebrated not less than a week ago, here are 5 of the most memorable quotes even the characters Monroe herself portrayed, could never have forgotten:

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5. "Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul."

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Although Marilyn Monroe's career and life was tragically met by an unbowed, unprecedented end in 1962, allowing her to dominate The Golden Age of Hollywood for just half-a-decade, her presence, her memory -- forever imprinted on pin-ups, mugs, and movie-posters -- remains, permanently tattooed onto conscience of pop culture. Serving as a reminder to all those entranced, taken by her ditsy, but raptors presence, that despite how those around us will seek to prescribe us an identity due to our appearence, or monetary benefits, there is a part of us -- one the lights cannot touch and the bills cannot bury no matter how far and high they stack -- that cannot be bought or defined. By none other than ourselves.

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