America is an amazing country.
I often think about the odds of being born here and how lucky we are. If my grandparents had stayed in Romania two things: I wouldn’t have been born because my parents wouldn’t have met in Portland, Oregon, or if some how I had been born I would have been murdered in the holocaust.
So with all our weirdness and faults, we are so lucky to be here…..not that everything is perfect.
For instance, if there is no change in our gun laws, a new and disappointing record will be set in 2015: for the first time gun related deaths will exceed those of car accidents, 35,000 to 32,000.
Also, and this is something that has occurred this year: Obesity and related diseases (diabetes, heart, etc) and health problems from it have passed tobacco as the leading cause of deaths.
OK, so I am ten or fifteen pounds over what I should be, but certainly not what we all see every day. And I hate it at high schools, malls, wherever, where we know that people are harming themselves with inactivity and junk foods and sodas and on and on.
So how do you get everybody off of his or her ass?
You know where I am going with this.
Sports, crossfit training, running, swimming are wonderful, but when you add Roller Derby to the mix, you are adding fun, being part of a great bunch of people, helping your community, and maybe your only chance in life to be a sports “star”.
I obviously read a lot of the pages and posts that you all have and put out there. Probably because of my age and relationship to them, I enjoy Derby over 40 on facebook…..I don’t think anything is more inspiring that reading their comments how they started at a later age, they are healthier than they have ever been, they have no intention of stopping, along with all the gripes about getting older.
When you join Derby in order to compete or just for conditioning, you are making a positive step for making your life better and for those around you. Your family and friends will love it. You will lose weight, and even if you don’t lose as much as you would like, you are making yourself healthier.
And you will find yourself smoking less or stopping (please!), eating better, drinking less, etc, unless you are just in it to be a “Rollergirl” which is a waste of time and effort.
And if you walk through the mall and see people in shorts with what looks like two kids fighting under a blanket for their rear ends, to end on a very positive note: Derby women have the best butts out there!
So be very proud of your commitment, and you are doing your friends and family a favor by getting them to get into the best sport in the world.