- Apr 7, 2021
Hi there, I’m a 14 year old gymnast and I’ve been in this sport for about 6-7 years already. We have an assessment on april 26th which is to determine if I am eligible for the junior spot on the national team or not. I have been dreading this assessment for literally forever now, at first I thought that maybe yeah I can do it and it’s just to see where I’m standing and where I’m at right now, but now that I’ve gotten a glimpse of what it’s like to be in the national team since I’ve been training for 5-6 times a week and 5 hours a day to prepare for the assessment, I don’t think I want it anymore... I dread practice everyday and I feel like I’ve been behind in skills and I just don’t perform the same anymore. Whenever I’m at the gym I just want to go home and my mindset has literally changed to “just get this assessment/training over with.” But at the same time I feel like if I do end up quitting the sport I’ll end up regretting it, whenever I have good trainings like when get a new skill, not get frustrated, or enjoy practice I feel good and happy but those types of trainings barely happen anymore. I feel like if I do end up quitting, in a few months or years I’m going to look back and think “I should have continued” or “I can’t believe I quit, I’m so weak” but at the same time I also feel like doing this almost everyday is destroying me. What should I do?