I’ve started ice skating lessons. Think of me not as some pound-shop Christopher Dean in sequined Lycra, but as a middle-aged father talked into supporting his daughters.
I am, by some margin, the oldest person on the ice. Most of the other skaters are young children. The coaches are half my age. The experience is a masterclass in being stranded far outside one’s comfort zone.
I often talk to new teachers about the importance of learning to fall – facing your fears and doing it anyway. Well…
My most spectacular fall occurred the night I had to drive from the arena to give a talk. I lost my footing while forward gliding at speed and fell backwards, cracking my head and back hard on the ice. Later, I hobbled onto the stage like an octogenarian.
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