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Can This 3-Year-Old Gymnast Not Make Me Feel Pathetic

It’s Friday. All I ask of the internet is that it not dent my self-esteem with yet another video of a baby or small child doing something fantastic and admirable. This 3-year-old gymnast doesn’t care about my feelings.


How could she. She’s too busy doing somersaults and splits and not being afraid of falling, while I can’t yet do a handstand after two years of yoga. (I probably can, I’m just scared? Maybe Emma can help?) It shouldn’t be that impressive since baby limbs are more pliable than adult limbs, plus we’ve lived long enough to know that flexibility is a fleeting trait. And yet, little Emma Rester is quite inspiring.

This prodigy started doing gymnastics at 2 1/2 years old, which makes me/you a one-hundred-percent loser. I love her even more because Gabrielle Douglas is her favorite gymnast—“I like her leotard and she won a gold medal at the Olympics,” Emma explains. (Who told you to say that?)


What’s insulting to my psyche, though, is the fact that this little girl used to be a total klutz. Her mom tells Ellen, “She was incredibly clumsy and I was hoping that gymnastics would help with it.”

Ellen: “Do you get scared of falling, Emma?”

Emma: “No, ’cause then we get back up.”

Get out of my life.

Culture Editor, Jezebel

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I recently read that under sedation we’re all flexible, that it’s the pain that causes us to stop before our limits. Next time I have surgery I want the anesthesiologist to bring me out just enough that I could, for once in my life, do a split.