I feel powerful, strong and elegant

How rollerskating has radically improved my self-confidence.

I started rollerskating last year. I joined a roller derby team and finally decided to get serious about my health.

It turns out sport was the answer I had always hoped that it wasn’t.

My body began to get stronger and stronger, and with that strength, something inside me began to change.

Let me explain.

I have had hip pain since I was about sixteen years old. It was caused by what we believe was a combination of falling from a height and body issues that were already there.

I managed to get that pain fixed last year through a chiropractor that actually listened to me. The doctors prior to that ran off the same lines ‘You’re so young, it will go away by itself. You can’t have hip pain.’

Needless to say, I’m butthurt about doctors at the moment. Anyway, after a few months of building up strength in walking and readjusting to a life without pain, I decided it was time to get active.

A friend of mine invited me to an open day that her roller derby team was having. I, having watched the movie Whip It was excited beyond belief.

I fell in love with the sport before I had even put on my skates.

The night before I stayed up and thought of roller derby names. I think it’s safe to say I was very enthusiastic.

I bit the bullet a few weeks later and purchased my own skates.

I was in love.

How being active made me feel.

I felt in control of my life again. I had the power to do something about my physical strength. I was becoming a better, faster, strong skater every single day.

Absolutely nothing was going to stop me from skating.

There is something about switching from struggling to walk to skating with speed and grace that change what you believe about yourself.

I don’t quite know how to describe it, but it was like the person that has always been me on the inside finally matched the body I’d been put in.

I didn’t feel broken any more.

The changes in my body.

It wasn’t long before I began to notice changes in my body. I could do things much more easily than before. I felt stronger.

The strangest change was when I looked at my body in the mirror and honestly liked what I saw. It was the strangest experience. I wasn’t the soft squishy girl that I had known for years and years. There were muscles forming. I had a line down my calves and an almost flat stomach.

I felt proud of myself.

I felt like I had gained control of my life again.

Rollerskating has changed my life, and I’m never going back!

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