12 years ago I stepped into a gym.
9 years ago I won my first national championship in Columbus, Ohio.
7 years ago I had my first undefeated season.
3 years ago I competed at The Cheerleading Worlds.
But now, as I sit here preparing for my last National Championship, I think about the 6 year old, scared out of her mind. Pigtails and a skirt down to her knees. Every time she wanted to quit, to just hang out with her friends, there was something that held her to this sport.
Now I live to perform.
To be blinded by the bright lights.
To hear the crowd scream.
To see your coach jump up and down after you hit. I live to sit in that circle holding my teammates hands waiting for placings. As I enter the closing of my senior year, I am so thankful for this program, these coaches and this family I have been given. Here we go. NCA Nationals 2012.