When you were little and asked what you wanted to be when you grew up, what was your answer? When I was 4 or 5 my answer was, without question, "a cheerleader and a waitress!" I have no recollection of how those two very prestigious career choices became my go-to response to that timeless childhood question. All I know is, I was dead serious.
Cheerleading is no longer about routing for your school's sports teams, it is a full-on competitive sport! (stop laughing! I mean it!) My team won numerous Regional competitions and we even took 1st place at STATE! That's right, I'm a State Champion! We went to Nationals four years straight but a 1st place team in good 'ole Colorado doesn't really stack up to a 1st place team in any one of the southern states.
I later became a coach for a competitive All-Star Cheerleading team. All-Star Cheerleading is nothing like highschool cheerleading and I promise to not bore you with the details. I coached a level 2 Senior team with girls ranging in age from 11-16. We took 1st in state and... drum roll please... 1st at NATIONALS!!! One of the proudest moments of my life!
Turns out being a cheerleader and a waitress weren't that silly of life goals. I met some of the most amazing people that became good friends of mine. I learned how to be a good coach which I am very proud of. I learned valuable life lessons... some of which were poignant and meaningful like the value of hard work. Others were a bit more frivolous but still important like making sure you never, ever forget the briefs that are worn over your underwear with your uniform or how to negotiate tying a shoelace in your cheer skirt with pervy highschool boys around. It's a skill people!
Plus, having achieved my life goals by the age of 18 made my beloved parents super proud! :: dusting off my shoulders :: They were so proud of their daughter who declared at the young age of 4 or 5 that she was setting off to become a cheerleader and a waitress. Not only were they proud they were also happy because they could use the college fund they had been saving to buy a boat! HA!! Just kidding....
It was an RV.