McKayla Maroney

From Tumblr Inspired by McKayla Maroney

Superstar U.S. Olympic Gymnast McKayla is not impressed. Well, at least that’s what the tumblr says after photographers caught McKayla Maroney’s sour expression after winning a silver medal for the vault. “I really didn’t deserve to win a gold medal if I fall on my butt,” she said. “I was still happy with a silver, but it’s still just sad.” We get it: sometimes things just don’t go the way we plan. Here are a couple tips to make sure you don’t get caught wearing your frustration where everyone can see.

Smile anyway
Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk said, “The best revenge of all: happiness.” Carry the never-let-them-see-you-sweat attitude to keep the haters from feeling they have power over you. That doesn’t mean bottle it up! It’s definitely important to express your feelings in a healthy way, so turn to your journal or close friends to vent.

Look on the bright side
Let’s be real: McKayla fell and still got a silver medal! That means she’s a total rockstar! Her story is a testament to falling, getting back up and making the best of the situation. When your shortcoming is on display, find a way to improve it, but also celebrate your strengths.

Just keep swimming (or flipping)
The wise words from Finding Nemo’s Dory inspire our third tip. We’re pretty sure McKayla will not give up gymnastics altogether. She’ll train harder, get better and dazzle the next time she’s on the world stage. Keeping yourself focused on your goals will help you dust yourself off and conquer the next challenge you face.