By Sheriza Jiwani, YMCA Social Media Youth Volunteer
I step onto the ice and I am gone. Cross, cross, step, step, skate!
My skates cut the ice, going back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, it is almost as if they are opening gaps in the world, allowing my mind to take a break from reality. I feel a rush of adrenaline coming over me. I start to drift off into my own little world where nothing can hurt me. I lose myself in thought and everything that is going on in my life disappears. I can take risks, but not feel the frightening thrill; I can push myself to the limit, but not feel the pain. My muscles relax, enjoying the ride. I can feel cool air rushing past me, refreshing me and calming me, reminding me that there is no better place that I could be.
This is the eighth year I've been playing ringette. It is a great workout and I look forward to the next opportunity I have to get on the ice. I feel that when you have planned something you are passionate about, the week seems to go by faster. Your worries take a step back for a while where you can give your body and mind time to relax and recuperate.
Ringette is not an Olympic sport, but I wish it were. It is a game for girls (and women) only. It is played on ice with a stick like one from hockey, but without the blade and instead of a puck, a ring. It is a lot of fun to play and a great challenge.
Find something you are passionate about!