Monday, April 21, 2014

R: Roller Derby

My move from Chicago to Michigan was times as the town I was arriving to was trying to start up a roller derby team.  For anyone who doesn't know what the hell I'm talking about, here's a visual:

There's about 4 fouls happening in this picture.

It was perfect.  The place right right up the road from where Adam and I were living at first (his parents'), it was something I had already thought about doing, and it was a great way to start meeting people that wasn't work related.  That was June 2012.

Cut to July 2013, I quit.  Yes, I'm sure somewhere in my subconscious is my same issue of some fear I have no idea what.  But when I look back now, as much as I enjoyed it, I wasn't happy.

The team that was trying to start up fizzled out not long after.  Drama aside, and there was a shit ton of it, I noticed that if you are trying to build a team, you don't isolate people on that team.  I was guilty of it myself; there I was trying so hard to fit in that I would do the same crap high schoolers do in order to feel accepted.  Of course when I caught on to how I was acting and stopped the immature behavior, I was quickly isolated as well.

Apparently because I didn't have a kid, didn't like country music, wasn't single or had a shitty relationship with my significant other, I wasn't one of the cool kids.

Like I said, lots of drama.

At that point I was also beginning to dive into the world of writing (I started my blog not long before I quit) and I decided that I can put the same amount of work into writing that I was derby and actually get shit done.

I love roller derby.  It was stupid fun and great exercise.  And I did learn a lot about myself and how I operate as well as how the environment is out here in small-town Michigan.  I did consider trying another team (one that is established) but the time spent driving for a 2 hours practice 3 or more times a week.... meh.

1 comment:

  1. Drama annoys me. I think it should only find place in fiction, that's it. :)