When are You Going to Get a “Real” Job?

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Gymnastics coaches, raise your hand if you have been asked this question: When are you going to get a “real” job? (Okay, you can put your hand down now because people are probably staring and they already think you are a little weird because you don’t have a “real job”…)

Since the opposite of a “real” job would be a non-existent job, I suspect the word “real” isn’t accurate. Instead, I am guessing that what these people are questioning your chosen vocation are getting at is the idea that teaching kids while wearing sweatpants is not a profession, either because it is not sufficiently prestigious or lucrative, or both.

In other words, similar to the opinion toward classroom teachers, people who have an attitude that “those who can’t, teach” undervalue athletic coaches. After all, the logic follows, how much can a coach make?

Well, as someone who pays gymnastics coaches, I know that they can earn a decent living, but that isn’t what gymnastics coaches make.

Gymnastics coaches make children develop physical confidence and a lifetime foundation as well as a love for fitness.

Gymnastics coaches make children work harder than they want to and accomplish more than they thought possible.

Gymnastics coaches make children face their fears and develop the courage to overcome them. They make them cope with failure and teach them how to be resilient.

Gymnastics coaches make children understand the power of hard work and patience in a world that expects instant results.

Gymnastics coaches make children respect themselves and treat others with respect.

Gymnastics coaches make children believe that ambitious dreams and lofty goals are within their reach if they are willing to put in the time, effort and energy required.

And, when children try hard, gymnastics coaches make children feel proud, capable and worthy.

But, most of all, gymnastics coaches make a difference in the lives of the children they teach.

So, what was that about a “real” job?

If you are a coach, thank you for making a difference.  If you have a coach, had a coach or are the parent of a child who has or had a coach, please consider sending this blog post to them.  It will “make” their day.

For “real.”