It was one year ago today that I put on my dorky little bike helmet and suited up in a bunch of borrowed pads and skates at a Derby Lite Get In Gear Day. It's hard to think back and remember what my reasons were back then. I guess I was just excited to roller skate, and try a new kind of workout, and maybe meet some people. What has happened in the past year are all those things, and WAY MORE.
A little back story: I have never been good at sports. Ever. At all. I played basketball in third grade and didn't know the difference between offense and defense so I just continually blocked people until all the 8 year old girls yelled at me. I quit tennis in ninth grade after 3 days because the coach intimidated me. When my high school gym class did a unit on volleyball, I was put in the Auxiliary Gym with a few other unfortunate souls to practice serving so the rest of the class didn't have to deal with us, a humiliating experience I liked to call "Remedial Gym." So yeah, a lot of grimness in my athletic past.
But discovering Derby Lite was like finding a hidden door inside my body that opened up to an entirely different way of living. It's challenged a lot of my preconceived notions about myself and who I am. Do you know I actually like working out now? If you would have told me that 2 years ago I would have laughed in your face. PLUS, it just makes me so happy to skate every week. I've made one of my best new friends in a long time through Derby Lite (hey Luce!). It's made me excited to get stronger and get better and keep myself in shape. In short, it's become this bizarrely but amazingly integral part of my life in the last year. I'm so thankful I took a chance on it.
aaand... this is me in all my "June Cleaver" glory. Yes!