By day she is a woman, wife, mom, professional, maybe even your co-worker or supervisor. She is dedicated and responsible. Her peers look up to her and respect her. One might describe her apparel as conservative. She is the health care worker who cares for you and your loved ones; she is your attorney, the sales person at a local retailer, the pharmacist who gets your medicines. Her makeup and hair are well done, she presents herself to the world and is accepted.
Each morning she diligently gets up and takes care of her family. She goes to work and is an active member, contributing, meeting deadlines always giving and doing her best. Similar to many other women, at the end of the work day she picks up the kids, prepares dinner, helps with homework, drives her family to the places they need to go, takes care of her elderly parents and has a few minutes to fit in a conference call for the latest project she is working on at work. Her husband comes home and somehow she has made order of all the chaos around them during this time of the day. She is the cornerstone of her family.
Once she has met her responsibilities to her family she has some time for herself. Certain days of the week she gets to go to a special place and engage in a a challenging sport, today is one of those days. In the evening she drives to an old warehouse. Depending on Mother Nature, it is either going to be cold or hot inside because there is no heat or air conditioning. She enters the warehouse and puts on her gear and greats the other women who are there along with her. With eight wheels under her feet she steps onto the track and her alter ego takes over. She is no longer who she has been all day; she is so much more. She is fierce, determined and ready to get through the pack.
Here on the track she is fearless and unstoppable. She loves to feel the concrete beneath her wheels and the air flow through her hair. The only demands she has here, are the ones she sets for herself. Sweat runs down her face and on her brow, she pushes herself to work harder, skate faster through blocker after blocker; she makes it through the pack. She is accomplished, strong, confident, and focused. She is the jammer. Roller derby helps her keep balance in life and allows her a place to just be who she is deep inside of her heart. The time she has with her team comes to a close and she gears down and returns home.
Once she arrives at home she kisses her husband who has cleaned up after dinner. Together they read the kids a bedtime story or just spend the rest of the evening in each other’s arms. She reaches her bed and closes her eyes and prepares for another day as queen of the rink.