I was known as ‘Riana, the skater’ for a long time.
It’s been a year ago since I stopped going to the ice skating rink 4-5 times a week to train competitively for figure skating. Skating was the one and only thing I did and I have been doing it for years. I loved it so much that it was the only thing I wanted to do outside school. Little did I know, it also prevented me from trying new things. I was so scared of not being able to practice even for a day thinking I might not be good enough to compete and be at the top of my game. To stop high intensity competitive figure skating was a difficult decision to make but due multiple reasons I did anyway and from then on, I could do way more activities than just skating.
Now, I have opened up more. I would dance, sing, took up guitar, enrolled in pilates classes, model-print and runway , study fashion, and ALWAYS go out with my friends. I could go on and on with the numerous activities I am able to do now. Nonetheless, I didn’t forget my sport completely, how could I? I still love figure skating. I would occasionally go to the rink to have fun and see my skating friends, and I look forward to join ice skating shows. I can never deny that figure skating is a part of who I am now and it will always remain that way.
As a child, growing up to be a tween is not as easy as one may think We fear a lot of things and when we get stuck in a “label” it is very difficult to get out of it even if we want to. We fear the unknown, what people around us might say and the uncertainty of what’s in store for us. With that said, I am happy to have once been labelled as Riana the skater. It made me disciplined and stronger. But I am happier now simply because…
Now, I’m called ‘Riana’. And that means a lot of things.