A tale I heard
Gymnast Simone Biles on embracing greatness:
"It’s important to teach our female youth that it’s okay to say, 'Yes, I am good at this,' and you don’t hold back. You only see the men doing it. And they’re praised for it and the women are looked down upon for it. But I feel like it’s good because once you realise you’re confident and good at it, then you’re even better at what you do.
It’s not out of cockiness. I’ve won five world titles, and if I say, 'I’m the best gymnast there is,' the reaction is 'Oh, she’s cocky. Look at her now.’ No, the facts are literally on the paper. I think it’s important to teach young girls that.
You don’t have to be a robot all the time, and you don’t always have to seem happy out there. It also shows kids that it’s okay, if you’re enjoying the moment, to smile, to be happy. If you’re not having a good time, it’s okay—you don’t have to hide that from people."