The First Skate Back
By: Lucky Lady Pearl
HCRG was on a 4 week winter break, and as a “newer” skater I couldn’t wait to get back on the track! I think… I hope?
2011 was an exceptional year, and one that introduced me to roller derby. I couldn’t wait for the winter break to be over. As I made my faithful drive to practice (Which is 45 minutes – a small sacrifice I make for a sport I love so much) all the anxiety came crashing down like a gigantic wave of self-doubt about to carry me out to a sea of uneasiness. In short, I wanted to cry. But I couldn’t – my daughter was with me. So I held back the tears. My personal New Year’s Resolution is not to cry on game day – yes, derby girls get nervous. I continued our 45 minute drive, with my daughter listening to music and me, trying very hard to think of a reason to turn around and to go home. But alas nothing came to me, and we drove on.
As I entered our unheated arena in Caledonia, I could hear cheery voices filling the air. As I began to skate around the track to warm up, I could feel freedom and liberation start to take over some of the anxious feelings I had during the drive. And so – Practice begins. I am the kind of person who is never quite sure of themselves, or where they fit in a group. Is it here, is it there, or anywhere? The answer came rushing at me – about five foot five with short blonde hair (JJ Bladez) and as she knocked me flat on my ass, I knew, “Yes, this is where I belong.” It felt great! Right then and there I knew that 2012 is going to be a great year!!
See ya all on the track! Hooray 2012! – Love, Lucky