On October 1st I celebrated my 70th birthday. It sounds old, but I don’t feel that old. Instead, I am returning to activities I enjoyed in my youth. Among them are ice skating and playing in music groups.
60 years ago an ice skating rink opened in Palo Alto and remarkably, as the photo shows, it is still there. My girl friends and I were dropped off by our parents in our twirly skirts and ear muffs for afternoons of camaraderie and wholesome exercise. While I have occasionally skated since then it was last month’s opening of a nearby new rink that reignited my interest.
I bought shiny new figure skates, pulled out my ear warmer, fuzzy jacket and gloves and took to the ice. And it all came back! Not that I’m doing anything fancy. I just rhythmically glide and stay upright. Maybe one day I’ll master going backwards again but for now I’m thrilled to be strong enough to stroke and glide. It is very soothing for my soul.
My other hobby is music. I learned to play the flute in 4th grade, and while in high school I picked up the recorder. It was the “in” instrument along with guitars, folk dancing and songs. While I continue taking flute lessons, like ice skating, it had been ages since I’d joined any ensemble groups. Playing with others is scary for me. I get nervous, but I am conquering my fear and making new friends as a result. I’m grateful for my good health that allows me to pursue these and other activities. Each day is a blessing and I think this as I glide on the ice and make beautiful music.