What does roller derby have to do with social anxiety and travel? Everything.
In 2010 I was coaxed into trying out for derby, I had no friends, I was staying in my house about 90% of the time, not eating right, not doing anything physical. I thought it would help with my social issues, and for a time I was right.
Roller derby and my league were one of the best things I’ve ever done. Unfortunately my league folded after 3 years of playing, we were the only banked track in Utah, and long story short that shit is expensive to maintain, much less house a giant track.
Derby saved my life in so many ways, my social problems are still here, but I have friends, good friends whom I adore, and I’m talking about the 3 a.m call kind of friends. If it wasn’t for derby I would have never had the backbone to travel, I wouldn’t have the confidence.
Derby made me more fearless, regardless of my inner turmoil I know that I wouldn’t be who I am today without those experiences.
I certainly went though a pretty bad depression when derby ended for me, I noticed a huge backslide into my anti social pit, but my friends have propped me up with their understanding and love.
Derby is sending me to Ireland, derby reminds me to be brave, derby still insists that I’m a badass.
3 days til Ireland people!!!!!
Requesting warm up music. Slayer of course.
Playing around at the skate park.
Me and Squid.