As you know, Evee and I have both taken up roller skating. I used to roller blade a little when I lived in Spain so jumped at the opportunity to buy a pair of skates when she suggested it.
As anyone who roller skates/blades or ice skates will know, learning comes from falling over. You have to fall over in order to progress. I came to terms with this fact as I bound my wrists tightly and padded my knees and elbows. I couldn’t even recall the last time I fell over, let alone setting out on an activity with the intention of falling over.
To say the least, I was wobbly to begin with – an appropriate simile here would be that of bambi on ice. “BEND YOUR KNEES!” Evee would yell to prompt me to lower my centre of gravity as I clung to my knee pads and avoided another close call. Thankfully we had found a quiet road to practice on.
Nearly falling over but saving yourself doesn’t really fill you with confidence in an activity when there is a constant threat of falling over. Saving yourself from falling over as a beginner skater does not mean that you are safe from falling over within 10 seconds after saving yourself the first time. There are wheels attached to your shoes after all.
Of course, it was not long before I was sprawled across the road having fallen down. Another appropriate simile here would be a likening to a sack of potatoes. But I was thankful to have been wearing the protective gear, and also thankful to have quite a big bum (!)
“CRAWL ON TO YOUR TOE STOPS!” – She’s very direct when giving instructions you know. But I followed Evee’s instructions willingly, determination and laughter written all over my face. I was quite impressed that it was not long before I was back up, skating a little less wobbly this time knowing that I had my first big fall out of the way.
A couple of hours later and a few more falls under my belt, the fear had subsided and I leaned in to the skates more easily, gliding more confidently.
Confidence grows from knowing that even when you do fall, you know how to get back up and carry on skating!