Go, Girl!!!!!! It's amazing what we can teach our bodies to do, even at our "not-so-young" age!!
1/15/09 10:04 A
I applaud you for all of your efforts!!! BRAVO. You're story is a great inspriration. Let me also add that the most wonderful thing I got out of it is that not only are you learning that skill that you once were so afraid of, but you are sharing this new milestone with your son and doing it together. You are giving him a wonderful lesson and the best of all gifts, YOUR TIME. Congratulations again.
good for you!!! i used to love to skate roller skate and ice. since high school i have had 2 knee surgery 3 children and alot of back problems ., i guess i m affraid to. but i am happy for you .you go girl!!!
That's awesome!! Don't ever give up! Sounds like you've got a great son. It's amazing the kind of determination kids have. So sad that we too often lose that as we grow older. I was watching my baby learn to walk and she'd just keep going no matter how often she fell down yet I constantly gave in to my frustrations. Keep it up and soon you'll be skating circles around him!! And that reminds I should go check out our pond out back, should be frozen enough now!
1/15/09 9:59 A
Great story! I had a very similar story - I also never skated as a kid, but when I moved to Chicago 3 years ago, where there are amazing bike trails along the lake, I decided I wanted to finally learn to rollerblade. So I bought a pair, and signed up for some lessons. Like you, I was terrified of falling (and still am), so whenever I go out, I wear a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and shoulder pads! I know I look totally ridiculous, and I get a lot of weird looks from passers-by, but I also know it's what I need to do to maintain my confidence and not be afraid. I've been at it on-and-off for the last 3 years, and I've really made progress! I still can't do hills (mostly out of fear, which I'm still trying to conquer), but I can skate fairly fluidly along a flat surface with some decent speed - and it feels great! So keep with it - it most definitely IS possible to learn new skills in adulthood!
I was 45 the last time I skated. I loved to skate as a kid. I had just lost 44 pounds.. I was afraid of falling. I can tell you I had been walking everyday for a year, 2 miles or more and those skates used muscles that had not been used for a while. Great exercise and fun. Enjoy!!
kudos to you...you should be very pleased with yourself...and proud of your gutsy "get up and go"....you, just by virtue of this not so simple decision will motivate many to get up and do something whatever it is....just by your efforts you are a leader....you have not and will not fail!!!...congrats...and i know you must be super proud of your son...kudos to him too....keep us all posted...yeah, way to go!!!
Fantastic! And the memories of the rink that one brought back! I can still remember the first time I went around a corner without holding on. What a feeling of freedom. I'm proud of you! Keep it up! And as someone who is closing in on 63.... maybe I'll try it again myself. Thanks for the inspiration and the memories!
Thank you for sharing this with me. I am new to SparkPeople and am starting to find my own groove. I am currently reinventing myself and have vowed that I am going to take kickboxing lessons. Part of me wanted to be in shape before I do that, but I think I should do it NOW. At the beginning of January I bought a kickboxing DVD and have done it at home. I know I can do this too. It helps me so much to know that we are all worried about looking like a fool by falling/failing, but what is the alternative? To never try is far worse, because we are only given this one life. Thank you so much for your post today. It was like a breath into my own dream.
Way to go!!! Thanks for sharing such a great story Brennyren! And the memories you evoked. I'm 81 and I haven't skated in decades, but your story reminded me of the hours spent rolling around the rink in our little town when I was in my teens. Oh, how I loved the freedom of rolling on those wheels. It was such great fun. Congrats to you for deciding to try again to learn to skate and give your son a big hug for being there to help you to learn. And kudos to you to be able to enjoy the thrill of succeeding in another skill. Dorothy
FABULOUS! My son got me skates for my birthday in October and it took me 2 months to get pads so I didn't kill myself and I'm still scared. As soon as this snow melts, I'm just going to do it! Thanks for helping me to get the nerve!
Brennyren, As I opened my email this morning, your post was the first one there. I felt myself SO excited for you when I started reading it! I don't even know you, and I am so proud of you!!! I agree with what the many others have said, age is only what YOU make it! Keep going strong girl!!! We're all here shoutin' you on!
Im so proud of you. I had avery similiar experience ice skating lately. My 5 yr old daughter made it around rink 2Xs by herself. I made it 1x but I did It!!!! Now im willing to give it a try again . I even bbought myself a pair of used skates.Keep on truckin! You are only as old as u think u are
BRENNYREN, Wow! Way to go! I don't even know you and I'm very proud of you. I'm 50 and don't think I'd venture to put skates on again. When I was in my early 40s, I put skates on for the first time in 30 years or so. I started feeling confident, then I took a spill. Since I'm so tall, it seemed to take forever for me to fall. Kinda like a big Redwood tree being felled! With about half a dozen people watching the show!
Keep on livin', keep on lovin', and keep on stretching yourself to the limits for a life lived to the fullest!
Good for you! I loved to rollerskate as a child but haven't been on skates since I took my granddtr several years ago. I was pretty shaky then. Maybe a pair of rollerblades is in my future yet - thanks for the inspiration!
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On my SparkPage, I first started announcing about 15 months ago that I intended to learn to skate.
Sunday, I finally donned my first pair of rollerblades -- the first skate of any type to touch my feet since oh, about early 1978. I can't say I learned to skate -- I have minimal natural athletic ability, which means that I'm not likely to pick up a new physical skill on my first attempt. But I made a start. With some surprisingly well-phrased instruction from my young son, I learned how to move my feet, and I spent almost an hour-and-a-half slowly making circuits of the skating rink. (He tells me next time he's going to help me with my balance. )
Not bad for a woman pushing 50, eh?
Though I did venture onto skating rinks occasionally as a child and teen (mostly at my mother's insistence or as a result of social pressure), I never learned to skate back then. It would be fair to say I never actually learned to let go of the wall. I was scared to death of falling, and just as scared of failing. I fell with great frequency. I might have been able to say I didn't fail, per se, but that's only because I never really tried.
I was past forty when I first got the idea that it might be possible for me to learn how to skate. While watching my then-five-year-old son get his first skating lessons, I saw him fall a lot. While the number of falls he took would have sent the girl I used to be straight back to the locker room, they didn't discourage him. Every time he fell, he simply got back up, a look of determination on his face, and started again.
I admired his grit. And I asked myself, "If I had been willing to take those falls and keep going when I was a kid, wouldn't I be able to skate now?"
The answer was obvious. But it took me a while to realize that I wasn't past learning the skill. I think it might have been after I joined SparkPeople, when I took my first bike ride in thirty years. (I HAD learned that skill, way-back-when, but I hadn't used it since I was a teen.) I thought, well, if I could relearn bike riding, at the age of really-close-to-50, why couldn't I learn a NEW skill?
Surely there wasn't any reason I couldn't. Even so, I'm still kind of afraid of falling, and I'm still kind of afraid of failing. So it took me more than a year to actually get around to lacing up a pair of skates. And even when I got the skates on, it took me almost five minutes to work up the nerve to stand up in them.
But I did. And the longer I skated -- if you care to call it that, at my skill level! -- the less scared I was, and the less awkward my movements became. And you know what? There wasn't really any reason to be afraid of looking stupid in front of other people, because the other people (with the sometime exception of my son)weren't paying any particular attention to me, anyway. (Why do I so often assume they will?) Murmuring a mantra of "You'll never learn younger," I kept going until free-skate time was over.
My son was surprised. I was proud.
We're going back to the rink next weekend, so he can give me that promised second lesson. And by God, I WILL learn to skate!
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