I struggle with hand-eye and body coordination on a daily basis. So I kicked and pushed around that rink the best way I remember how and three people helped me along the way. My loved on and two strangers gave me the best advice about skating and I’m going to apply it to my life.
Advice one: Don’t worry about others. We all have different skill levels.
While using my right leg to roll around the rink thoughts of envy crossed my mind. In my opinion everyone was able to skate using the proper technique and even skate backwards or one legged. I desperately wanted to try a new trick however, my skill level was no where close to theirs. Each time my butt hit the floor the fun of pushing along began to fade. I lost focus of having fun and began to concentrate on the lack of skill.
As she skated to my left and reminded me that no one has the same technique or skill. Everyone has to start somewhere and to continue to skate on.
Advice two: Bend your legs and move.
After the second time I fell on the floor chosing not to bend my knees seemed to be the best option. I was determined to remain upright like others.
I slid past a friendly skater who reminded me that bending my knees would help with my balance and keep me steady.
I added a slightly bended knee to my kick push routine and successful rolled along the wall.
Advice three: Concentrate!
My ability to stand still while wearing skates was at a solid zero. I felt like an octopus out of water and flailing around while listening to a seasoned skater’s advice. He commended my ability to remain upright inspite of my lack of official training and guidance however my lack of concentration was visible. I just wanted to get around the rink by any means necessary which resulted in losing my focus on skating safely and having fun.
After the trials, errors, and conversations I rolled out a better person than I walked in. I learned to keep rolling, concentrate and not to worry about others skill set in comparison to mine. I am going to apply the lessons from skating to life’s challenges and grow all situation.