Looking at them, something clicks in our own minds (be it envy or admiration) and we want to be like that.
Gliding around… it’s a little like flying. Cliché, I know. But there is no other way to describe the thrill of being propelled on wheels or blades. You feel the grace.
Then, I’ll watch myself afterwards (because I ask my mother to film me while I practice a new move) and I realise I have no grace. Nope, nada, zipo. My bum sticks out, I slouch, arms flap to stop the evitable fall to ass… it isn’t pretty.
Yeah, roller skating is hard.
To stand still requires training so that you don’t simply roll away. Finding balance is a nightmare. Most of my falls have happened because I leant back, positioned myself wrong, or breathed while trying to turn.
No balance, no strength in my legs, clumsy, and no stamina.
But extremely stubborn.
Fuck that it hurts my feet to walk afterwards, or that my coach is YouTube and there are no rinks even remotely nearby for me to try and learn at (four hours away), or that I look weird in my knee high stripped socks and booty shorts. I WILL learn to skate.
Where this leads, I have no clue.
Good health is a yes. My ass feels very tight and perky, thighs hurt, and my balance is improving. So that’s all good.
Being sociable is most likely a no. Roller skating seems to have fallen out of popularity and the rinks are nowhere to be seen. Don’t know anyone and have no place large enough to really spin on (I love the open planned lounge and dining room at my parents’ house, and the floating timbre floor, but it’s not that big). So competitions, even as a dream goal, is probably a hell no. Sure, there is an official website for skating but it doesn’t have much to say and is very cagey about info. I’m not one of those people to be in the know with the need to know info, apparently. Which sucks.
Thank you You Tube. Without your guidance, I wouldn’t be able to go forward or backwards or know how to shoot the duck (it is a move, not killing an animal). Since 18th November, I have pulled my skates from storage (when I first gave up because I had no clue what to do in them but I really, really, really wanted a set) and though I am a novice, I have come so far from knowing nothing to being able to do some basics.
Don’t be discouraged. If you want to do something, do it. Don’t let age, ability, stereotypes, or locations stand in the way. Be smart and find your own way to do something you want to do.
And if you’re going to skate, invest in some protective gear. And always practice.