Roller Derby Life Lessons – Part 1

Hello, derby fans!

Over the next few weeks, WoRD will be running a series of blog posts regarding life lessons roller derby has taught us. We hope you like it and that maybe it even inspires you to join us! Our next fresh meat meet and greet will be in the New Year, and we hope to see you there! Now, without further ado, may we present Roller Derby Life Lessons – Part 1! (And remember to keep an eye on our Facebook page for meet-and-greet dates to be announced!)

When I tell people I play roller derby, they usually respond, “Oh, I could never do that!” Their reasons range from being uncomfortable on roller skates, to being “too old” (spoiler alert: there’s no such thing), to being scared of being hit.

Now, I’m not saying that roller derby is for everyone, but if you really want to play, don’t let these reasons (or any others) stop you from giving it a shot! You just have to take that first step and show up.

Showing up is half the battle. Get yourself to a meet and greet even if your friends won’t go with you, drive yourself to practice even when it’s raining and you’d rather be snuggled up under a blanket with a good book, go to that open scrimmage even if you prefer to play with your own team.

Just go. Show up. Get your body there and the rest will follow.

There have been many times I’ve wanted to stay home from practice: days when work, the weather, my child, or simply the crushing weight of adulthood has worn me out and all I want is to laze around the house in my jimjams. Sometimes I do (because #selfcare comes in all forms) but honestly, I’ve never regretted going to practice, even on the hardest days. (Maybe especially on the hardest days!)

I’ve shown up when my mental health was crumbling down around me and I left feeling more stable than when I came in. I’ve shown up when my child has screamed at me for what felt like 12 hours straight, and left feeling more centered and more patient. I’ve shown up on days my body felt weak, and left feeling stronger.

It’s not just roller derby, though—it’s everything! Life is better when you’ve committed to the things you’re doing 100%. For me, personally, I apply this concept most to parenting. As a working mom, there are times I can’t drop everything to play with my kid, but when I can, I’m trying to be fully present. I’m putting the phone down and picking the playdough up; I’m reading the same story six times in a row because its magic hasn’t worn off yet; I’m focused and listening to the 45-minute recap of a 20-minute Paw Patrol episode. I’m showing up, because if I don’t show up, I might miss something amazing.

Show up. Be present. Put the work in, and you’ll be amazed at what you get out. <3

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