I have been visiting the skating rink these days to drop my daughter for her classes. Watching the kids skate reinforced some life’s lessons that we forget in the rigours of daily life. Here are the lessons from a skating rink:
1. Keep your balance: Life is all about its highs and lows but it is essential that one maintains his balance in the journey of life. Every high and low is temporary and therefore must be treated equally.
2. Do not lose focus: In the rough and tumble rink or in the world focus is crucial to avoid obstacles, anticipate the challenges and take remedial plans.
3. Keep moving or get left behind: The essence on the rink is to keep moving, a stationary skater is a liability to others and to himself. In life too standing still is not an option or the world will move ahead leaving you behind
4. Do not hinder the progress of others: A stationary skater as mentioned above is a liability and an obstacle for others, while the onus is to keep moving it is also crucial that the progress of one individual will not impede another. Move and let others move
5. When you fall, get up quickly, brush yourself off and resume: There will be falls and no matter how experienced you may be there will be falls. When you fall, get up quick and resume or you will be in Point 3 or 4 mentioned above
6. Practice makes perfect: There is no shortcut to perfection and is the by-product of long hours of practice.
7. Have fun: There is no excuse in life or on the rink to not have fun. Have fun and every minute spent achieving the goal will be worthwhile.