How a skating show became my wake-up call

Last Saturday evening I did something I haven’t done in years – I went to see a skating show. The Canadian Olympic figure skating team has been touring the country recently, and I was thrilled to see them perform live when they came to my city.

I love figure skating. Growing up, I took regular lessons and deeply treasured the feelings of freedom and expressiveness I felt while gliding across the ice.

But I stopped skating.

The thing is, as I grew older, my life got busier; my free time became more limited, and I stopped skating. It wasn’t long before skating became a distant memory, and the feelings of freedom and vibrancy that went with it began to fade.

That all changed last week when I saw the Olympic skaters step onto the ice. The pure beauty and grace of their performances woke up the part of me that loved to skate. Every feeling of lightness and joy came rushing back to me, and for two full hours, I felt like I was on the ice, too – dancing and gliding, vibrant and free.

I needed a wake-up call.

Walking back to my car after the show, it occurred to me that seeing these skaters was a wake-up call I desperately needed. Like many women, I’m always on the run with commitments and responsibilities, and too often let go of the things that fuel my spirit and make me feel whole.

When I got home, I wrote down a list of things that I love to do but don’t make enough time for – going to the ballet, watching live theatre, listening to music, puttering in my garden.

I’m going to try to make more room for these things in my life. I hope you make room for the things that fuel your spirit, too.

Do you take time to do the things that make you feel vibrant and alive? I’d love to hear how. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

You’re wonderful!

ML