Not long ago I did a post about Work Life Balance and with the start-up a new team and the commitments I have made to Roller Derby, it occurred to me that I needed to think about my derby life balance as well. Learning to balance all the things in my life that I enjoy doing with those obligations that I need to do is always a very big challenge. Family time is very important, and doing things that we love to do is necessary. Roller Derby is time-consuming and very demanding. Just like we have vacation days given to us from work, we need a vacation from our hobbies at times also. For me this may or may not mean a break from skating, but more likely a break from business side as well. I have a hard time thinking about not skating for any length of time but if you are struggling with the idea of practice every time and finding that you are not rejuvenated after said practice, it might be time to take a break.
Some times those breaks are forced upon us by circumstances, obligations, or injury but even healthy skaters need some time off to regroup, recharge and evaluate their personal goals and how it is affecting other aspects of their lives.
Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with wanting to be a recreational skater and being satisfied with that is all good too. Having been a recreational skater that supported a very large league for several years and volunteering for that league, burn out can occur here as well. We always need to set realistic expectations of our team members, volunteers and everyone else that works to support our league.
All that being said, everyone that is part of the league should be sure to support their league with volunteer time, serving on committees actively because the more people who do that, the easier the jobs are and a handful of members are not going to burn out so fast. It takes lots of work, planning and dedication to run a league and we are not just the athletes, we are management too. So get involved and do you part, find something you like and take it on. Give your team-mate a break if needed and work together for the benefit of the team!
The picture above is my heart and soul, my grand-daughter and my husband. I breath and live to be a part of their lives and the other members of my family doing things together and without their support, derby would not be a an option for me. Because of them I am here doing what I love.