To change one’s life: Start
immediately. Do it flamboyantly.
- William James
Embracing Change: Erratic Driving & Other Changes
happens. Plans fail. Life changes. These might be the certainties in life. Roller derby changes you…unexpectedly,
profoundly, irrevocably, and, I’d like to believe, for the better. This post is
about celebrating those unexpected changes you find happening in your life that
could only come from derby. There may
be another sport where you assume a new identity and manner of behavior and
dressing, but I can’t think of one. So, in the spirit of embracing flamboyant
change, I’ve asked my derby sisters to join me in some fun by finishing this
thought: Your derby alter-ego might be
taking over when…grab a cup of Joe, sit back and laugh with us as you recognize
yourself in these statements.
derby alter-ego might be taking over when you…
only 15 unaccounted for minutes before work and you have to decide between
cleaning your bearings and
brushing your teeth; you clean your bearings because
you can always brush your teeth at work.
to call insubordination on someone who gets snarky with you.
your "this-one-time" stories are followed by “at derby practice.”
the car coming behind you on the highway.
the corners a little hard driving home from practice.
wish you had a child so you could introduce them as ‘Lil’ Zombie (insert your
derby name here) to your derby
or balance on one leg while doing chores.
check your kids across the living room.
your son’s little league meeting because you have an “important meeting for
the duck start while shopping for groceries, and get some stretching in as
attempt a knee slide when drunk and falling.
the dough on gear and skates and then practice in a basement with phantom
coaches yelling “stay low!”
from dreaming about derby and your legs are trying to do crossovers.
bar stools to the porch and the kitchen table against the wall so you can practice
transitions in your kitchen.
analyzing floor surfaces.
answer to your derby name, or introduce yourself by your derby name, and only
know others by their derby
yourself and you’re not sure if you should use your real name or derby name.
that even Easter Lilies smell better than your gear.
a maintenance log for your wheels, like your truck, you so clean and the rotate
the wheels regularly.
a skirt to work just so you can look at your new tights all day.
at Aroostook Roller Derby invite you to celebrate the changes in your life by
keeping our list going! Ask your derby sisters how they know if derby is
starting to creep into their “normal, grown up” lives – it might be the most
enjoyable conversation you’ve had together in months!
Dawn of the Dead - Aroostock Roller Derby
thanks to Twisted Vixen, Zom B. Bite, Zoe ǝ'taK, Cat Astrophe, Princess Principle,
Wreckless Riot, Rogue Rage, Shiva, Barracuda Barbie, Thunder Bunny, Phil n’
Frisky, Esoka Tan, Roy Elle Pain, Calamity Dane.
Credit: Northscape Photography