Today’s post was written by Worcester Roller Derby’s Lo Mean!
I’ve been playing roller derby for about a year now and have grown to really, really love and adore it. It wasn’t always that way, though.
I remember my first day, being super nervous and thinking “What am I doing in this warehouse? Where am I going? What if I suck?” My teammates and I all started at different levels, some just beginning, some more advanced. Watching them whiz around the track, I’d think “Ugh, I’ll never get there!”, but I stuck with it, not because I had to but because, deep down, I don’t give up and I like a challenge. It also didn’t hurt that I’ve made some amazing friends along the way who encouraged me to stick with it!
Time passed and new skaters going through our Fresh Meat program quickly became my friends, too. When I saw people doing skills I hadn’t perfected, I kept trying and, over time, I found that my thought process had changed. It wasn’t “Ugh, I’ll never get there” anymore, but rather “Keep trying, you’ll get there!”
Last week, we had the pleasure of having returning skater Annie Paquette lead practice. She had us on our toes stops the majority of practice (my blisters prove it!) and taught us how to jump over another skater’s butt. I remember looking at my friends, all of us falling and laughing and trying to do these new skills, no matter how hard it was. And it was hard, but it was fun and different. Most of us couldn’t do everything she taught, and I reminded myself that that’s okay. Try it out and keep it in your toolbox. Enjoy it.
Now, I look forward to roller derby. It’s fun and it’s time spent outside of work, with my friends/teammates. It’s constantly challenging me and pushing me outside of my comfort zone. I’ll never be a perfect roller derby player and that’s okay. I feel so lucky to have found a sport that I truly love.
Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Lo! <3 If you think this sounds like something you might be interested in, check out our Facebook page for info on when our next Fresh Meat Meet and Greet will be held!