I went ice skating this week, and it occurred to me that there are a lot of life lessons that can be learned from some time on the rink:
Life Lessons Learned on an Ice Skating Rink
If you aren’t falling down or coming pretty close, you aren’t trying new things.
When you do fall down, just laugh at yourself and get back up.
When you focus on what other people are thinking of you, you mess up what you try to do.
Rarely, if ever, will you be the best skater in the arena, and that’s okay. There’s room in the arena for amazing people and people still learning how not to fall down.
Don’t forget to have a fun time.
You can look at the amazing skaters and think, “dang, why am I not like that?” Or, you can look at them and think, “what are they doing that I can copy, to be like that, too?”
Sometimes, you try something and it turns into a flailing 720° spin. Some people may look at you and think about how bad a skater you are. Just laugh at yourself and keep on skating.
Nobody in the arena is happy to see you falling down.
There are a couple of different really great moments. The moment you master a trick. The first time you do something hard right. Just feeling the wind in your face. Teaching somebody else how to do something.
You don’t have to be doing the same thing as everybody else to have a really fun time.
When a song comes on that you don’t like, remember that it’s just a couple minutes. When a song comes on that you do like, figure out how to dance with ice skates on.
Don’t forget to laugh at yourself.