I saw this picture of an iceberg and it made me think about the difference between what the audience sees during a performance, and the performer's perspective. Both the audience and the performer are experiencing the same moments on stage, but the difference between their perspectives of the performance is huge.
The audience sees only the finished product - a polished and glamorous few minutes of beauty and athleticism on stage. The performer sees years of training, injuries, months of rehearsal, the breakthroughs and also the painful moments of crippling self-doubt, all combined to create a performance for a brief moment on stage.
Performing and competing takes so much commitment and dedication. So next time you see a performance you love, tell the performer!! I guarantee you it will mean the world to them.