Derby Girl Who?

Today I went to a rec league roller derby orientation.

Oh, the things I’m learning about roller derby.

Texas Rollergirls

In the whole of my life, I’ve never joined an organized sport. Well, there was that year I coached an intramural softball team. But that was because I was an RA and my floor wanted to participate. As the RA I had to be the coach–though I knew none of the rules and could only hit a ball if you threw it at my head.

My floor did happen to win the campus championship. Real softball players lived on my floor, and those girls were the real coaches. I made sure everyone knew the schedule and I cheered from the outfield. Yep. I’m an athlete!

Nonetheless, I’ve joined rec league derby.

And I’m rather freaked out about it.

But what are we doing if we aren’t trying new things?

A few years ago I started participating in NaNoWriMo and met great people. A while after that I tried an acting class. Another year I had my art in a high-brow art festival even though I was terrified and didn’t (and still don’t) really believe my art and me were up for it. But I sold things and had lovely conversations with people.

I got talked into being the “artist of honor” at a downtown special event dinner…yeah, that didn’t go well. Then there was that other art event that no one showed up for. No one. At least I’m well prepared for future book signings.

Still. Even though I’m over 40, I’ve signed-up for derby.

Nothing like hearing about all the gear you need for protection (helmet, mouth guard, elbow pads, wrist guards, and knees guards–not to mention the skates) and the health insurance–just in case you break something.

If nothing else, this will be something to write about.

What new things are you trying this year?

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7 responses to “Derby Girl Who?

  1. First I have to say how awesome you are for doing roller derby. You’re such a doer. I wish I was more of a doer. I used to be.

    I don’t have any new activities planned, but I do plan to take life as it comes and follow my heart, two things I’ve never serious tried before. I think that counts as an answer to your question. 🙂

      • I’m a typo queen.

        But if you used to be a doer, you could probably be a doer again. Just a thought.

        And it is good you’re going to follow your heart. You have a good heart and it should lead you to good places.

  2. You are crazy. I mean that in a good way. But roller derby? I’m trying new things. Working with an emerging publishing group. Putting together my own collection of stories for publication. I’m putting together a series of workshops to be used in a retirement community. Fun, safe, stuff. No need for additional medical coverage.

    • It is far scarier to put one’s work out into the world than to skate derby. In my mind anyway. So that is awesome that you’re taking that step–though from the little I know you, you don’t strike me as a get-ruffled sort.

  3. I agree with Karen: no additional medical coverage, please!

    But y’know, I actually haven’t planned anything new this year. Not new-new, anyhow, e.g., it’s been many years since I last tried seriously to get a novel published, but it’s not like I’ve never done it at all. (A lot is gonna be different this time around, though.) And — this is a strange thing to say — but I’ve got a sense of, well, foreboding about 2012 (which has nothing to do with the Mayans). I feel like I’m going to have to learn new (for me!) forms of grief, if that makes any sense. If so, that is a condition for which I might wish I had coverage.

    • The foreboding seems to be going around. Maybe the Mayans and the election coverage is seeping into our souls without us quite realizing it.

      But I am hopeful for your novel. I’m tossing many of my wishes on the path of its journey.

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