Two years ago today I went to training and put on my skates. Little did I know it would be the last time.
If you have read my previous blog posts you’ll already know what happened on the day so I won’t go into that all over again. What I want to talk about is appreciating what you have. It’s a concept we are all familiar with but in terms of skating; do we always give it 100%? Everyone will have off days, I’m not trying to imply that everyone can or should do everything perfectly at every training session and every game, that’s just not how the world works. What I’m talking about is the want and the need to be on skates. We don’t always feel like going to training. That night out or Sunday morning lie-in seems a much nicer option. And then when you get to training, sometimes the energy just isn't there and it feels like you’re going through the motions a bit. Being at training is about far more than just turning up. It’s about dedicating that time to nothing but training, working hard, sweating buckets and trying to make improvements every session.
Imagine if, one day, someone told you that your skating career was over. That your goals would never be met, you would never lace up your skates again. This is not a naggy post and I’m not trying to bring anyone down but seriously, appreciate your skates. You never know what might be around the corner.