Lessons From a Trip To (or at?) the Roller Rink

Rollerskating. When’s the last time you went? Yah, me too! Years and years and years. And some more years.

We went a couple of weeks ago and by the end of the evening my face was so sore from smiling and laughing. It’s a great opportunity to laugh at yourself if you’re into that sort of thing.

We arrived and had to ask what to do next.  We should have worn ‘newbie’ signs on our foreheads. Our skates? Soooo attractive! Choosing between blades or skates took a bit of doing too. Skates it was, for me at least.

Fear and trepidation! Gliding from the carpet onto the rink must have looked quite humorous to the seasoned skaters. Holding onto the railing, grasping at it and each other as we stumbled our way around the rink made me wonder why the heck I’d agreed to such shenanigans. Oh right, I like adventure, uh huh I do.

So what did I learn as I gained confidence and got my ‘feet under me’?

1. Just start. Waiting only prolongs the agony.

2. Keep going. Giving up when you’re half way around the rink isn’t really an option.

3. If you fall, get up. Bruises will heal – both your pride and your body.

4. Do it long enough and you get better at it. Practice makes perfect.

5. Someone will always be better than you. That’s no excuse not to try.

6. Don’t take things so seriously. Lighten up. Life has its moments, good and bad. Savour, bathe in and be grateful for the good ones!

7. Imitate. Watch and do. Learn from others, they were beginners once too.

Ugles roller skates8. Laugh. It distracts you from the pain.

9. Have fun. There’s no point in going on an escapade if you aren’t going to make the most of it, right?

10. I’d go again in a heartbeat. Saying yes to new or new-again adventures is exhilarating.

11. Life is good. Live now. Never wait.

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
― Oscar Wilde

What adventure are you glad you didn’t say no to? Please share with us!


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  1. #1 by szojkah on February 1, 2014 - 10:35 pm

    Hi! Daniel and I went to the rink off McLeod last year. It was fun! And I was horrible. But we certainly laughed lots. Thanks for your story.


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    • #2 by shandracarlson on February 4, 2014 - 8:04 am

      That’s where we went too. Horrible but fun – hahaha – yup!

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