As the 2018 Winter Olympics are underway in Pyeongchang, I thought I’d share a little bit about my own figure skating journey and how it has changed me over the past 11 years.
I had my first competition a year after I started skating when I was 8 years old. When I was younger I was always very shy, and I was terrified of getting on the ice by myself. I went out on the ice and did my program, and that started a chain reaction in my life.
Through competitions, I learned that I can be a strong individual on my own. It took a lot of courage to put myself in a spot where everyone could watch me. I could fall and make a mistake, or I could do the best performance of my life, but I would never know until I tried. This helped me in school when it came to public speeches, presentations, and putting myself out there in general. Skating has helped me to understand that it’s okay with making a fool of myself in front of other people, and learning from those mistakes.
Every skater has skills that are harder to learn. For me this has been with a majority of my jumps. It has always seemed like I have worked on a jump for an eternity before I finally land it. I always have to keep reminding myself that every day is bringing me one step closer to achieving my goal.
Skating has given me the mindset that I can do anything I set my mind too. In school, if there is something that is challenging or hard for me to understand; instead of giving up, I push myself harder, and work until I have it down. I know that I will continue to think this way for the rest of my life; whether that be in college, or at a job, I won’t ever be able to let myself give up, because that’s not what I have been trained to do.
The best lesson that skating has taught me is to make sure that I enjoy what I do. Life is too short to waste time on stuff that doesn’t make me happy.
Though skating I have realized that even though I might not be working on my favorite thing, and I might be completely frustrated, I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. The rink is where I can forget about any outside issues, and I only have to focus on what I am doing at that moment. I know that I would not have stayed with skating these last 11 years if I didn’t truly love this sport.
Skating has helped me to realize that whatever I choose to invest my time into, I need to enjoy every minute of it.
Skating has affected my past, my present, and I know someday my future. This sport allows me to be an individual, and have a support group unlike any other. I’ve learned the life values of hard work, patience, and taking risks. The lessons that skating has taught me will affect the choices I make today, tomorrow, and the rest of my life, and I have become a better person because of it.
If you would like to know more about skating (from an actual skater), such as how the point system works, testing levels, performances, etc., please feel free to ask or send me a request <3