Skating, Goals and 30 Seconds of Bengals...
Here's a Scott Thomas photo from the Bout the other night. You can view the full set HERE, and you should, wonderful photos, my own personal Derby Screen Saver got WAY cooler. I have a LOT of great Derby photos on that Screen Saver (Thank You Tom Klubens and Marc Lebryk!) but I am not yet used to the thrill of seeing the women I skate with pop up. And "Thrill" is exactly the word. I tend to actually CHEER. Which amuses the Bengals to no end.
One thing I would like to say today is, yes, I did get hurt skating last Sunday, but I did it my ownself, with no help from anyone. I was off balance and landed hard on my, er, butt. My fault, been told often enough, STAY LOW, and it's not a lesson I will ever forget again. It's not broken, just really bruised, and Joan of Dark says it happens to everyone, it hurts, but it's not fatal. It will keep me out of action for a week or so, then I'll be fine and back working out, riding and skating.
Could have happened just the same to anyone skating at an open skate, or sidewalk. Could have happened riding, could have happened slipping on the ice this winter. And who hasn't missed a step and gone down the stairs? Unfortunate, but in no way a Derby injury.
The point is, you can get hurt at any time, doing anything. Whatever. Never never never give up and never let it stop you from doing each and every little thing you have ever wanted to do. Whatever it IS you want, you need to go out and GET IT. The second you start thinking "Well, I want to, and will, but can't now because (Inset whatever)" or "I'm way too scared to try..." STOP it right then, and GO DO IT.
You might fail. WHATEVER. I did with the bees a couple weeks ago, wanting to handle them without gloves. Couldn't do it. But I sure tried. And I guarantee you, you will feel better about yourself for having tried. Skating, getting FIT, writing, music, making art, what ever your personal goals are, they aren't going to be EASY, nothing worth it IS. And the next time: You may well win.
Even if you have to sit with an ice pack on your butt for a week.
There. That's my wisdom for the day.
Here's some Bengal Vid for you to enjoy. Sadly, I had the tv on when I went to try this, and not my cool morning music. Tried to re-shoot this morning, with a proper soundtrack, but all three Bengals looked at me and went to nap, en masse.
That happens sometimes.
Love and Living,