Then, I stopped over the summer.
And I started again today.
Well, I found out that ice skating's like riding a bike. You aren't THAT good at it in the beginning, but you can do it. When I started again today, I could ice skate. I was scared, yes, but I could do it. Then I started to spin, jump, turn, etc., and I got the hang of it. It was pretty awesome.
I also learned that fear could hold you back BIG TIME. In ice skating, if you are afraid to fall, then don't do it. Playing on the safe side won't get you anywhere, and only by falling can you learn. Of course, it hurts (a lot) and you get bruises and cuts and such, but you learn not to do whatever you did again. For instance, if you fell from lack of balance, then you have to keep yourself centered next time, and don't lean too much or something. I was Waltz jumping today (I'm not that good at ice skating), and I was scared that I would fall if I jumped too much and landed wrong or something. I did these, like, little hops. But eventually, I realized that I wasn't going to learn that way, so I just JUMPED.
You know Nike has a ton of mottos? Right? One of their mottos is "Just do it." Well, I just did it, and I improved a bit. Of course, I had trouble doing something I wasn't use to, but now I know that in order to turn midair on ice, you have to give yourself time, and by giving yourself time, I mean, JUMP HIGHER. So, don't let fear control you. Overcome it.
Of course, it's good to fear things; it's natural that you do. If you let your fear control you, your actions, and your life, then, well, that's not good. So just listen to Nike's motto. JUST DO IT.
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