My daughter’s high school gymnastics team completed their season with the state meet a few weeks ago. While watching girls from around the state perform, I had one of those aha moments: Gymnastics is the disciplined pursuit of muscle control to create grace, transcending the body as pure function to artistic expression.
What is it about being human that causes us to create art and recognize beauty, to strive to excel? Maslow described this as self actualization, the top level in the hierarchy of human needs.
In a world where there is so much to be glum about, a high school gymnastics meet is a ray of hope.