IF WE ARE GROWING WE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONE.
boy-howdy, if roller derby isn’t out of my comfort zone, I don’t know what is. Here’s what I mean:
*In the last few years I’ve decided that I am not going to wear shorts again. There was no traumatic shorts incident (except that one photo) but I just believed that my short, squat stature couldn’t quite pull off the look. Coverage is my motto.
Now? I wear fish net tights underneath shorts for roller derby practice. Okay fine, I’m not wearing the hotpants that some of the girls are sporting. But for me, my big girl pink gym shorts are a step in the right direction.
*Falling. Okay, this isn’t strictly my rule. Most people do not like to fall. It’s embarrassing, no one looks good while doing it, and it hurts.
Now? I don’t love falling but I’ve learned how to do it. And it happens. All the time. And guess what? I get up and keep going.
*Exercise. This is not very cool to admit, but I don’t really like exercise. I don’t like sweating. I’m not so good at pushing myself. Basically, I can be a big wimp.
Now? I’m there man. Pushing myself. Working up my endurance. Exercising when I’m not at practice. I’m not saying I couldn’t do more… and I’ll never be a marathon runner, but still. Baby stepping. I’m baby stepping.
So even with just these examples, I’m getting myself out of my comfort zone. And let me tell you. It’s exhilarating! To try something new, and not expect myself to be GREAT at it. How freeing is that?
I feel like these lessons I am learning, thru the crazy sport of roller derby, are here, just in the nick of time. I don’t want to grow old too soon. I don’t want to be set in my ways. I just wanna roll! And knock some women down!