Although I started gymnastics when I was 5, it took me awhile to get into a good competitive program. I started pre team when I was eight, and stayed their until 11, turning 12 that year, when I transitioned to level 3. I actually repeated Level 3, but after that, I worked my butt off from there, and went through the rest of the levels in a matter of 3 years. 4, 5, 7, all in one year. I progressed a lot. Then Level 8, Level 9 and after those three years I reached Level 10, where I am now! In the Future International program at my gym currently.
And I don't ever plan on quitting. Adult classes, here I come! But I'm still not done with competitive yet. Worlds? Yes please!
All you need is hard work, passion, and determination, and you can get through. And eliminate mental blocks. How I did that was know my friend had fallen on her head and she said it didn't hurt too bad, so I just thought, well, now I'm safe!