For I am DETERMINED to learn the art of roller skating. Determined, folks.
When our church rented out a roller skating rink last week, I went with mixed feelings. I had dreamy hopes of lacing up my skates and finding out I had an amazing aptitude. Maybe I would even be whizzing around the floor with all the rest of the pros.
Sadly, my dream fizzled away into nothing when I did lace up my skates for the first time and tried to STAND UP! Seriously, my first thoughts were something like, "I absolutely can't do this! How can people move on these things without falling down!?" My faith in myself was at an all-time low.
However, I gave it my best effort. With fear and trepidation, I started around the rink, clutching the wall. It took every ounce of concentration I possessed to just stay upright. Soon, I was red-faced and sweating from the exertion. It was almost frustrating to look at the many people gliding around effortlessly, laughing and having a great time. Even A.J., who, like me, hadn't skated before, was doing better.
But good things come to those who persevere. I gradually began to get more and more confident. Instead of clutching the wall with both hands, I graduated to clutching with only one hand. My first fall came when I tried to skate for a bit without holding onto anything. Rather humiliating, but nobody seemed to think the worse of me for it. In fact, everyone was super helpful, giving encouragement and advice.
What have your roller skating experiences been? Any advice for this newbie?