Hi, my name is Nafeesa. Have you ever been to an ice-skating rink? I sure have. Pro tip: only professionals can skate. Well, that's how I see it, anyway.
When I first went ice skating, I thought it was going to be just like rollerblading (which I am a PRO at), so I decided to give it a shot. I stepped into the rink, and I fell. Straight on my butt, hard. After I balanced myself again, I attempted to move and tripped. This happened a few times before my sister showed me how to move my skates in an in-and-out motion. But that didn't help, and I was still tripping all over the place. I hung on to the wall and moved very slowly, but I guess I was moving too slow because people kept bumping into me! Then a guy came up to me and said I had to skate in the center.
I was speechless, literally. I wanted to say, "You want me to go to the center of the rink without crashing into anyone? Yeah, right." (exaggerated sarcasm) He was older than me and I was too shy to argue, so I attempted to fidget toward the center and immediately got yelled at by a girl younger than me who was skating like she's in the Olympics or something. I envy her. As I was making my way to the center, another guy was skating backwards, talking to his friends at the same time, and then ... CRASH! His back bumped into me and I would've fallen face first on the ground, but I caught myself with my arms. The other guy had no sign of pain or damage and apparently caught himself.
I was either really angry or having an adrenaline rush, probably both. And then the guy says, "Oh no! I'm so sorry! Are you okay?" What a perfectly rhetorical question. Do I look okay? I was bleeding!! How could he think I was okay? Instead of saying that, I shook my head and tried to get up and felt a sharp pain in both my arms. Eventually, my parents carried me out of the rink and we had to go get a cast because something happened to my wrist. I had to wear a cast for a month and the other guy left without a scratch. I was pretty mad about that situation, but at least he said sorry. I still don't know how to skate.
Now listen, if you ever think about going to an ice skating rink, make sure you wear knee and arm pads plus a helmet! You never know. It could happen to you.