|Portage and Jam: Stepford Derby Wives|
The things WRDL has given me could fill volumes;
It made me brave enough to acknowledge I wasn't happy in my job and that I needed to re prioritize my life.
It made me have courage, I always thought I was pretty ballsy but apparently I never had fully experience just how much courage a person could have. It takes balls of iron to willingly let someone hit you at 17 km an hour and get back up.
It gave me a challenge, I am a classic overachiever. I was on honour roll, I am good at a lot of things. Apparently I get that from my dad. But derby was a different beast. I actually had to work hard it. It knocked me down a few pegs and really required me to become humble and continually allow myself to be humbled. I have never worked this hard in my life.
It gave me a family. My family lives all over the place and to have a group I could consider family is a gift. Members would check on me when John was traveling a mind numbing amount. They were always available for hugs, encouraging words. They really came together when we needed each other. I've seen them do some incredible things to support each other as only a family can.
The gave me the knowledge that I CAN get up after being knocked down. Over and over and over and over and over. The real life application of the skill is one I took years to learn but now I know without a shadow of a doubt.
My time with WRDL hasn't always been all rainbows and unicorns but nothing in life is. If it was, I was probably doing something wrong. All the best things in life take hard work and some tears (or if you're me...a lot of tears.) But the pride you feel afterwards is a feeling that I don't think I have an adequate vocabulary for.
|My beautiful parting gift waiting for the championship ticket|
Thank you for letting me a skater, too nice, a chair, a director, a rainbow sock wearer, a Tanya Hard-On, a Valkryie, a Maiden (it was a honour to be chosen even if I had to turn it down), a cryer. Thank you for the courage, the family, the love you've not only shown me but also Johnbuster.
This is not goodbye forever. Certainly not. This is just a see you later. I will skate my heart out with the Zurich and remember to get low, have a longer stride and get mad on the track.