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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Dust Yourself Off and Enjoy Life

A winner never quits., and a quitter never wins
Napoleon Hill


I had it all mapped out. I was going to venture this new territory and skate my way to challenging my fear of falling flat on my face. Confidently, I perched on a set of wheels beneath my feet thinking, I got this. However, I was so inundated with fear that I hardly wanted to walk with the skates on, though I had to in order to try skating for real.

At first, it was a guided situation. I was being pulled across the rink by the crutches of my friend’s hands, pulling me to skate. I floated right along with him but, every so often, I felt myself losing balance.

I decided that I could not let my entire time be spent that way. I wanted to try it on my own. All the possibilities of me skating on my own, were cooking. I got onto the rink by myself, but if it weren’t for the guard rail, I would not have been able to get on that slippery surface on my own, at all. 

I looked at my friends dancing and skating backwards and me, I was taking baby steps, holding on to the rail, all around. I actually was able to go around the rink three times. I feared falling and thank God I didn’t fall on the rink. Where I did fall was outside of the rink with skates on trying to walk down the little step down they had to get to the locker area. I am not writhing in pain and ironically, it was falling that fine-tuned my thinking and made me dust myself off, no longer fear falling and made me decide to get onto the rink by myself and without another’s assistance realizing that I am a masterpiece in progress.

I can’t believe that the simple act of skating made me pay close attention to my posture when I am walking. It made me feel okay with the speed of going slow so I could actually get comfortable with the motions. I also learned that what we gain is also what we lose. I gained confidence in trying and lost fear of falling and hurting myself. How cool is that?


Are you someone who enjoys the art of roller skating? If it is not the fun or the adventure, it is the music that the deejay is spinning while people roll to his rhythms that drive my interest. My latest video for my song, “Enjoy Life,” a dance tune with lyrics by Stephanie Jeannot and music by Mike LeShore, is definitely, the type of song that fits the mold of a song that you would hear at a skating rink. It is fast paced. It is danceable. It has a lot of energy and it is catchy. 

The video was edited and produced by me, Stephanie Jeannot with the help of my dear friend Stuart Thomas who helped to record many of the scenes featured in this visual slide show of frames. I hope that you will take the time to check out my creative videography project here: https://youtu.be/alV2ULnr9z8 



Thank you for making my life, that much more enjoyable. Have a pleasant week! 

32 comments:

  1. when I was a kid you could bet you would find me and my sister at the local skating rink so much fun now as a grandma I am trying to help get grandbabies to skating
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  2. Last year I went skating for the first time since high school. I was also afraid to fall and get hurt. Sometimes we just need to let go and go with it. If only we could apply this to other life situations.

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    1. That;s so true. It applies to every thing we do in life.

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  3. It's the simple acts and simple things that bring amazing result in life, isn't it? Even I am learning to shake my "worries" off and live a more fulfilling and happy life

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    1. Yup! It benefited me to shake off my worries; otherwise I would not have had as much fun as I did.

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  4. We had our high school grad a roller skating rink! It's a classic though. I've never skated :(

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    1. Really. That must have been a fun hangout spot.

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  5. before my MS took hold i use to roller skate a lot. i loved it as a kid. Now it terrifies me. Good for you fro trying.

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  6. I roller skated in MS and HS. I haven't done it since but I do snowboard and ice skate!

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    1. Wow. Now I need the guts to try ice skating. That would be amazing to do.

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  7. What a fun video! I love your creativity and talent! I grew up rollerskating weekly but if I had to do it now, I would be hugging the wall!

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    1. Thank you. I hugged the wall the whole time. LOL!

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  8. I just introduced my three year old to skating last month. Now she is obsessed and practices every day.

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  9. We just bought my boys skates for Xmas. We all went to the rink a few times now. Yes, I was afraid to fall, but didn't!

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  10. As a kid I skated with no hesitation. Doing all kind of tricks. Now if I put some skates on I would be so second guessing myself. That video was nice. Reminded me of the old MTV videos.. haha.. memories

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  11. If you could believe it, I am terrified of skating!!!! I wish I could get over my fears!

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    1. Stare your fears in the face and let it go!

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  12. I haven't been roller skating in years! Now I have the sudden urge to go! It was always so much fun!

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  13. I have only skated twice in my life and enjoyed it! I really love your post, song and video - so much positivity! Thank you for that!

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  14. I am definitely not a roller skater, nor blader. I used to have both when I was a child and my elementary school would have "skate" parties during the school year inside our gym. It was fun, I guess, because we would get out of class early on a couple days. Now I loathe it. I don't like falling and I don't like not being able to be in control. I guess I'm a control freak!

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  15. We had a smooth flat patch of driveway under our patio where I used to roller skate!! It was awesome!! I don't know if there are any roller rinks around here. I'll have to look, it would be so fun to take the kids. I way prefer roller skating to ice skating!!

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  16. Adding this tune to my playlist! LOVE! Yes in fact I used to roller skate every weekend and I miss it so much. I want to go again and see how I do lol - heck I am taking the hubby this weekend! Why not!?

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  17. Man i loved to roller skate when I was younger. In the late 70's and early 80's I skated almost every weekend and was good. I was really good. Loved every minute of it. I sure do miss that feeling.

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  18. Oh wow... I haven't roller skated for ages!!! It looks like so much fun. In where I live, we don't have a roller skate place though. I'd love to try this out!

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  19. I enjoyed roller skating as a child. I never got really good at it but it was fun. The last attempt I made as an adult I hurt my shins terribly.

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  20. I've always enjoyed skating. When I was (much) younger I was on the Speed Skating Team in my hometown. So much fun! Ironically, my middle son when to our local skating rink this weekend and fell, hurting his tailbone. Swearing to NEVER return to such a horrid place!

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  21. I actually never learned how to roller skate. When I was young I just had no interest in it. It does look like fun though!

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