Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Brand New Me


It's true.  Living on the edge is bringing about so many new things, including a new me.

Along with it, some new tunes are bound to emerge.  I can feel it.  I get so many ideas as I skate around the rink and move my fingers across the keyboard when I type these blogs.

I sat down at the piano the other day and began working on a new tune.

Brand New Me

Living on the edge of something just begun
Don't have to do what I've always done
Feeling my heart pound a brand new theme
Don't know for sure what it's going to mean

I want to live on the edges
making miles out of inches
be all that I can be
I'm going to dance on the fringes
pushing life to the limit
be all that I can be
this brand new me

I want to live looking all around
see what could be if I don't look down
No need to stay where I can live above
And if I fall I'll get right back up

I want to live on the edges
making miles out of inches
be all that I can be
I'm going to dance on the fringes
pushing life to the limit
be all that I can be
this brand new me

Not gonna put up fences
I'll stand on top of ledges
and build up bridges 
then run to the other side

I want to live on the edges
making miles out of inches
be all that I can be
I'm going to dance on the fringes
pushing life to the limit
be all that I can be
this brand new me

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Two Brothers Who Share The Edge

They arrive about 7:30 a.m. at the rink.  They sit and do leg stretches while moving their fingers across their smartphones as quickly as they move their feet on the ice.  

They are brothers and they are amazing.

One of my favorite things about life on the edge is the people I am getting to know.  As soon as Graham (one of the brothers) appeared on the ice my first day at the rink, I could see that he was very good.  He was very focused and when he landed on the ice from his amazing jumps, I could hear it throughout the whole rink.  I still can't quite describe how it sounds.  One day I saw him do a full routine to a piece of music and it was incredible, but most days he spends his time jumping.

Then I found him on youtube.  I was blown away.  I didn't know he was British Junior Men’s champion. I get to work beside a skater like this every day of the week.  He inspires me.  I watch him and learn.

I envy the relationship these 2 brothers obviously have, living on the edge.  Sometimes they just glide along talking to each other.  Most times, they work hard on their jumps.

Torvill and Dean 1984 Olympic Gold Winners
Graham (youngest brother) just returned from Sarajevo for the 30th anniversary of an Olympic (gold) pair of British skaters (pic on the R) from 1984.  He skated in an exhibition as part of the celebration.  His big brother Jack didn't seem to skate with quite the same energy while his brother was away.

That's understandable.  The edge is much more comforting when you have someone with you.

Who in your life can become your 'brother' on your journey?

Who can you be a 'brother' to?

Enjoy watching these brothers skate.  It's a daily privilege and inspiration for me.

Watch Graham Newberry skate here.
Watch Jack Newberry skate here.