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A Birthday to Remember

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When people think of ice skating, some may immediately think that they can never accomplish the task. They think it could be a breathtaking experience; however, they know in the back of their minds that they may fall quite a bit which can be very deceiving. Why go do something that you know may cause you to hurt yourself? That question seems impossible to answer; however, the answer is standing right in front of people, but they seem to be oblivious.  In life, many of us have the opportunity to experience new things, try new foods, or even travel to places we have never been to see that the world is filled with beauty; however, we have to realize that even though we may stumble or fall, all we have to do is get up and try again, similar to ice skating.

For my birthday, Taylor and Madi Rodabaugh came over and we decided to go to Kokomo for a girls’ night out. The night began as we went to Ben’s Pretzels for a bite to eat. Afterwards, we all went to Starbucks to get coffee, and then we were headed off to The Frozen Sandlot, an ice skating rink built into the JackRabbit’s stadium. The Frozen Sandlot charges $10 per person to ice skate unless a group has more than ten people. The cost would be $5. All of us were a little nervous because I had only been ice skating a couple times while Madi and Taylor had never been. We all received our skates and struggled to put them on our feet, but we were soon off to the skating rink.

In the beginning, we all struggled; however, we never gave up. Many of us don’t think of ice skating as a life lesson, but when anyone takes a minute to compare the similarities, he realizes that the two polar opposite scenarios are identical. When Taylor or Madi fell, quite a few times I may add, they would just shake it off and get back up to go skate more and more. Yes, sometimes their falls were brutal. Multiple times we all fell simultaneously and bounced our heads off one another or the ground. Taylor was ice skating alone, and she did a penguin slide across the rink because she slipped. Then Madi was swept off her feet while trying to ice skate backwards, but neither one of them seemed to care how hard they fell. They would either laugh like crazy or just act as if nothing had happened which is nowhere near what people seem to do when they make a mistake in life. When people make mistakes in life, they seem to beat themselves up constantly or they just never want to try that certain something ever again, but why? Yes, I know that sometimes when we fail at a sporting event, say the wrong set of words, or get an F on your mathematics test, it seems as if the world is ending and we have failed everyone; however, if we look a little deeper, we can see that nobody is perfect. We get so caught up in having to meet certain standards or present ourselves in an orderly fashion when no one is forcing us to do any of these crazy things. All we have to do is brush it off and try again until we finally get the answer we need, similar to how Taylor kept trying until she finally was ice skating like a pro.

Now, I am not here to lecture anyone in a life lesson, but I wanted to show everyone that even the smallest things can make a difference. Anyway, Taylor, Madi, and I ice skated for over two hours because we were having a wonderful time. Sometimes it feels good to just forget all the drama in life and go have fun with your two best friends. Once we decided to stop ice skating, we went to Bdubs for a snack before we had to go home.

This year my birthday was a little more important than others because I was turning eighteen; however, it became even more important to me after spending time with my friends. This birthday was one to remember for the rest of my life, and I owe it all to my two amazing friends, and of course the group of friends we met while ice skating. So, Madi and Taylor, thank you for making my eighteenth birthday one I will always remember, and thank you for making my stomach hurt so bad from laughing because we all kept falling nonstop. By the way, if you have never been ice skating, I encourage you to take the risk and go try something new because after all you only have until January 21st to do so!

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  1. Kelsey Wise on January 17th, 2019 7:42 pm

    Great article! I turned 18 in December and i think your 18th birthday is one of the best. We have so much to look forward to and the way you spent your birthday is really great. It is always great to spend a birthday just the way you want and it seems like you had lots of fun! Great article

  2. Alex Myers on January 18th, 2019 7:55 am

    Great article Ash. I liked how much detail was put into the ice skating experience and the night in general. This was a very cool article to read. I wish I had done something as cool as this for my 18th birthday. Instead of ice skating, I went to the gas station and bought some scratch off tickets.

  3. Brannyn Spencer on January 18th, 2019 12:23 pm

    I am glad you had a great time ice skating. It sounds like you had a great time with your friends on your birthday. I really like how you turned your experience into a life lesson. Many people take these moments for granted and don’t see the whole picture. Great article Ashli.

  4. Anthony Leydet on January 25th, 2019 1:49 pm

    Happy Belated B-day… I hope you had a great day skating.

  5. Ephram Collins on January 25th, 2019 1:50 pm

    I truly agree with you! getting back up after failing is important to life.

  6. Liberty Scott on January 25th, 2019 1:50 pm

    Great work! I love to skate so I know how much fun it is. I hope you had a great birthday.

  7. Bella Panmei on January 25th, 2019 2:16 pm

    Wow! I really like your article and the moral of the story. I am glad you had such a wonderful birthday and even better friends. Everytime you write an article it is written so beautifully that it grabs my attention from the start. Keep up the great work Ashli!

  8. Emma Logan on January 27th, 2019 7:39 pm

    Good article Ash! I love to ice skate, and I know how fun it can be with friends. I hope you had a good birthday.

  9. Emme Grisez on January 29th, 2019 10:23 am

    I really liked how you could turn a little adventure into a life lesson. I like how you put a lot of thought into this whole article. I don’t think the article was a lecture, but it was just a pointer. Great article!

  10. Emily Cannon on February 25th, 2019 1:21 pm

    Great article! Skating is really fun despite falling and getting hurt.

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