I’m Happy . . . and it feels good.

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We escaped to the Cities for a long weekend with the kids and it was great to get away and spend quality time as a family without the distractions of home.  I was again reminded that my life is very blessed.

Upon returning home from our long weekend, the sun and warm weather FINALLY returned to the northwoods.  I don’t know if it was the sun or vitamin D pulsing through my veins but I had quite possibly the best week ever.

The week started with a fabulously relaxing yoga session and ran into an old derby friend, I then went grocery shopping where I spent $120 for a weeks worth of groceries due to some killer coupons. SCORE!!

Tuesday was the most perfect day EVER, I woke up and rode the kids to school on their bikes, ran into 2 more friends and caught up, I did 5 loads of laundry and hung them out on the line (heaven!!), cleaned the house, prepped dinner, rode back and picked up the kids from school, we stopped over for them to play at a park, then back home for snack, a little outdoor playtime, dinner, a family game of Scrabble and then a walk in the woods with a dear friend. I seriously could have died in my sleep that night and have been content.

Yesterday continued to be a great day.  Bike ride, pilates, dinner with friends and an amazing concert by Actual Wolf and Trampled by Turtles.

I can’t believe how different my life is right now from a year ago, but its like I am living the life I am supposed to be.

All I have to say, Life is Good.

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Is it worth it?

It’s been said that in derby it’s not a matter of IF you get injured, but WHEN. As a new skater, you think that it won’t happen to you. Much like the euphoric stage of a relationship, you deny the actual risks. It won’t happen to me, it can’t happen to me. Then reality slaps you in the face when your first teammate goes down. And your left wondering is it worth the risk.

Major injuries like the three tib/fib breaks we have experienced on our team can be a life-changing event for the player. Not only does it put your day-to-day life on hold and drastically change that, but the medical bills and missed work can wreck havoc on ones personal finances.

Even minor injuries can leave you on the side lines and medical expenses spent at physical therapy, the chiropractor or like me, I ended up having weekly massages to keep my shin splints at bay can really add up.

“Is it worth the risk?” I was asked this question by a co-worker I was talking to about the most recent injury and it’s a question I have thought long and hard about. My answer is yes, playing derby for me is worth the risk.

Derby has given me a hobby, a support system and a means of exercise that I have longed for most of my life. I know that I have a group of women who hold me accountable, encourage me to push myself and are there to catch me if I fall.

Afterall, in reality nothing comes without risk and I could break my leg falling down the stairs or letting my dogs out one morning. At least a derby leg break gives you some street cred and makes a fun story to tell the grandkids.

So I will lace up my skates, try to quiet the worrisome part of my brain and hope to skate another injury free day.

Makes you think

Why is that it takes dramatic events to make you stop and analyze your life? Imagine the power and purpose everyone would live with if they consciously thought about every decision and action they made.

After the passing of my friend, Nathan Junker, it has left me really wondering what my legacy would be if I wasn’t here tomorrow.  There is no question that Nathan’s legacy is great and the impact that he left on those around was wide spread.  I can safely say that my life is better because I knew him.

I only hope that in my efforts live a better life, I’ll as Ghandi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”  And hopefully those that I leave behind, especially my kids, they’ll know that I was trying my best.  Afterall, that’s all you can really ask for.