Rollerskating, Roller Skating, Rollr Sk8n, it is all the same to me.
I had a very different childhood than many of the people my age. I grew up in the world of rollerskating and because it is a big part of my life, it is something I will never be ashamed of or apologize for. My parents ran, (and still manage to this day), a rollerskating rink. The link to their website is HERE.
My dad worked and then became the owner of a rink from the time he was in his early 20’s and my mom eventually worked there full-time as well.
Unfortunately, this rink that had once been ours, flooded very terribly in the Cedar Valley flood of 2008 (over five feet of water in the building). I was only 12 years old, and my childhood had been torn away from me. Something so constant in my life was all of a sudden gone.
After we found what is now our current rink, and although I had to grow up a little faster than most, I had the opportunity to start over at a different school and make new friends. Although it might have been terrible at the time, I believe it was very good for me in the end and I grew from it.
I had wheels on my feet from the time I was a mere 10 months old.
So if you say, "So are you like, good at it?" I will respond with a casual, "I can go backwards," (Normally just that fact will impress, but not to toot my own horn, I can certainly do more).
At the age of seven, I started participating in the rollerskating club, doing routines and completing skill assessments. I also was able to go to competitions and that was also very exciting to do growing up. Traveling got to be too much, so my family and I decided to be done with club.
At the age of 11, I started learning jam-skating (pictured above). If you have never seen this or know what it is, I encourage you to look up videos on YouTube, because there are some pretty amazing skaters out there.
After moving, I made some pretty amazing friends and the skating rink was going really well. I started 8th grade there and in high school we joined an organization that connects rink owners for collaboration. In this, I was able to meet other kids of rink owners to talk to and hang out with. It was really cool to make friends that have the same family schedule (working on weekends).
Right before I graduated, my parents let me go along with them on a business trip to the Roller Skating Association’s convention in Las Vegas. This had a major impact on my life.
Rollerskating has been a huge part of my life. While a lot of people had volleyball or basketball, I had wheels on my feet.
Rollerskating was my past, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
until next time,