There's a Chinese proverb that loosely translates to "outside of this mountain that you've marveled at or climbed, there's a taller one waiting for you somewhere". For everything you've experienced or accomplished, there will be new experiences and new challenges. Getting to bout for the first time, getting through league and WSC tryouts, captaining a team, traveling for a bout, getting drafted to a home team: these are all mountains for me in the derby world.
I've skated for several years now, and I've bouted before, but I've never bouted as part of a home team in a home team season, wearing a home team jersey with my name actually printed on the back. Pickup teams are great and I love skating on them, but there's something about having your own team that's different. Learning to work with the same group of people, being part of your own derby fam and having the security of knowing that you're all going to be there together have been new experiences for me. And it's been absolutely wonderful.
So tonight, I get to climb a new mountain. And after that, I'll be looking for the next one. <3