When I first started writing this blog (nearly ONE WHOLE YEAR AGO!) I couldn’t tell you what WFTDA stood for, I didn’t know the intricacies of a skate set up, I couldn’t have told you what a jammer was or why that ref was doing the X Factor sign, and I didn’t know that you could HIT someone and still love them with all of your heart.
Oh how times change eh. I remember sitting down to write that first blog post thinking I probably wouldn’t keep this up (the blog writing or the roller derby) I’ve always been one to give up a hobby if it’s too difficult. The flute, the violin, ballet, diving. All left behind. I even class myself as a ‘hobby enthusiast’ in my twitter bio.
I have officially debunked the old adage “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. If I was a dog I would be 125. That’s pretty bloody old. And at 125 dog years, I have learnt a whole host of new tricks.
This is where I need to say a few words of thanks because dogs can’t learn new tricks alone.
To Blockson and Deadfool: you guys have encouraged and supported me, when I honestly didn’t believe I would ever be safety assessed you believed in me and when I was the biggest sooky douchebag you didn’t take my shit. I owe you!
To my mentor D.Mac: thank you for being honest with me for giving me useful pointers rather than generic bullshit. Thank you for giving me courage and pushing me further. Without your immense knowledge and willingness to watch the mess that is me on track I wouldn’t be where I am. Your notes give me something to focus on. Everyone needs a mentor. Always. These are the reasons I’m grateful you said yes!
Ahem, enough of the soppy shit. Here’s a quick update:
Not only have I GraduSKATED
I’m also playing in another scrim this Saturday. I have completed 4 Tuesday (advanced) sessions and I have yet to die, if that isn’t exceptional living skills I don’t know what is.
This post and the ramblings above are dedicated to those I have spoken to recently, (you know who you are) the skaters who think roller derby is beyond their capabilities, go back through my posts read about my struggles (it’s taken me a year just to get this far). You think you’re striving for unattainable goals, I know, I’ve been there too. Minimum skills still seem unreachable – 27 laps!? Sod off! But looking back now, I’m not the same person I was on 4/5/13 and I’ll bet my life that you’re not the same as you were when you started.
I’ve changed and it’s thanks to the Hulls Angels Roller Dames.
Whichever team you owe your changes to – tell them. They probably haven’t realised how much they mean to you.