Ten Years and Still Skating

11 Jan

I still remember ten years ago as a college kid how I performed in a group number to Sting’s new song “Desert Rose.” I launched into my newly learned forward and backward crossovers in front of my very first arena audience and prayed that I wouldn’t crumple to the ice on a botched waltz jump. I didn’t botch the jump and I didn’t fall, but I was totally hooked on skating from then on. It’s been ten years since those first group lessons and I haven’t skated in the holiday ice show since.

This year the show was also during my birthday and I thought it would be the best kind of present to myself if I challenged myself to perform my silver program in the holiday show on club ice. I thought of it as both torture and pleasure combined. I also thought that it was important to commemorate those 10 years of skating by going back to where it all started. As it turned out, I also performed in a fun and exciting group number among the other adults at the club. The program combined kilts and cowboy hats and you can imagine the rest!

After the rehearsal of my solo the adults presented me with flowers for my birthday which was a really lovely gesture. I was so touched! It’s something I will always remember. Since I have spent so much time at the rink over the last 10 years it was amazing to look back and see how far I had come. I think if I asked myself where I would be in my skating when I started at age 21 I would’ve said axel and doubles but some of the most rewarding aspects over the last ten years have not been the actual skating tricks but the people I have met and the places I have gone because or for skating.

It’s really a tight-knit community wherever you go and figure skaters and fans alike are always friendly and eager to share their knowledge and love for the sport. Of course, I am much further along in my skating then I was 10 years ago but I have learned that most of the joy gained from skating hasn’t come from completing that difficult jump or that perfect spin. The joy has all been from the journey it has taken me on through the years. Every success I have experienced on the ice has taught me that discipline, diligence, and determination pays off on and off the ice in tenfold. Nothing comes easy and nothing great ever happens without working at it tirelessly. Figure skating has taught me the value of a great work ethic more and of course the rewards are pretty sweet too 😉

I think also that skating has always been my outlet and whether I’ve been sick, upset, tired, or stressed I’ve always come off that ice feeling ten times better then before. I am sure many others feel the same way about the sport. Skating has been such a great motivator and passion in my life that I can’t imagine life without it!

I guess I could say, it’s been a great ten years, and that I am looking forward to the next ten… but there better be a double in there!

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