Monday, January 2, 2012

Philosophy And Roller Derby

"Easy is right. Begin right
And you are easy.
Continue easy and you are right.
The right way to go is easy"

~ Chuang Tzu ~

This is one of my favorite quotes, that I really aim to live by. I know how quotes can be just kind of a flowery mash of words if skipped over too quickly, so if you're in the mood for philosophy and roller derby... Let's get into it.

This particular quote really altered my entire process of decision making in roller derby. Younger Bonnie's decision making came from asking myself, "Is this the right thing to do?

Which became a real mind fuck a few years later, when I started to wrap my head around more philosophical concepts like... Maybe there's some right and wrong. Or maybe it's all subjective and there is no real "right or wrong"???

You can see how being a young philosopher, and trying to do the "right" thing all the time got to be kind of at odds with each other. I felt like I was judging myself all the time, before anyone else would have a chance to, I guess. 
It's very hard to be genuine and be "right" all at the same time. 

And that's when I found this quote, and thought... Shazaam! Now my decision making more often comes from a place of  "Does this feel right?"

And usually when things feel right, there's a certain easiness there. When things feel arduous, tedious or strained, it's time to ask "What needs to change to make things feel right again?"  

For example: 

When I first started driving to Los Angeles for roller derby, it was actually really easy for me to do! Sometimes the "rush hour" traffic would make the trip 3 hours long. But I had music and my imagination, and time just flew right by.

A couple years later, when I no longer had a truck to drive there, things were really hard. Nothing was really working, and it was time to make change. 

Out of that need for change, San Diego Derby Dolls came to be. And you know what? Getting that league started was one of the easiest, most invigorating, exciting things I've ever done to this day! Ever since then, and even just today, I've been making choices based on this philosophy. 

Because even a shitload of hard work can still feel easy if the energy's right.


Why would a modern day, tattooed, foul mouthed roller derby coach from California would be so enamored with the work of a 4th century BC, Chinese philosopher...  How did that happen?! No clue. But it feels right, and easy. xoxo


  1. This is a great quote, I'd never thought of things quite like that before. Thank you. :)

  2. Again. Love this...we need to meet again...!! Zig Zag Soul City Siren!. Dreamed I was in a bout while having my leg repaired!