Sometimes the best teachers are your friends. Sometimes those friends are also still learning. Let’s learn together!
Last Saturday, my friends Chris Aguilar and Carolyn Hoeckmann-Percival took me roller skating. This was TERRIFYING because I’ve never “skated” anything before.
Ice skating? Nope. Skiing? Nope. Surfing? Nope. I did go snowboarding ONCE, though.
Trust me, it doesn’t count…
Anyway, I didn’t sign up for any special classes with any special professional instructor. Instead, my friends held my hand the whole time and gave me a few pointers while I tried (very hard) to stay upright.
I got a lot of advice and encouragement from friends and strangers alike.
A little girl who looked to be about eight said, “Just waddle like a duck!” She then commenced to show me what it looked like.
I can’t lie, it was cute and exactly what it looked like.
My friends also gave me the basics: bend your knees and lean forward instead of backward. Use your hands to keep balance.
I admit that I can be a little stubborn, so when the advice: “It’s okay to fall,” was brought up, I made it a point to do the OPPOSITE if my life depended on it.
I fell only twice so I say that was a successful day.
Despite my awkward rolling while children ten years younger than me zoomed past with almost no effort, it was fun (rather than embarrassing) and I hopped back in the car the next day.
So, I suppose the moral of the story is that you don’t always need to seek professional help to get better at something. Sometimes it just takes practice and a little nudge by a five-year-old to get you moving…whether you intended to or not.