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Roller skating into the new year in quest of clarity and fresh air

In 2023, I’m getting really into roller skating. This hobby is not, as any acquaintance of mine would tell you, an obvious fit. But as a New Year’s resolution, the quest to get better at roller skating is also an attempt to reorient myself. Skating is analog – there is no leader board, no Peloton instructor barking at me from across the room. My purple boots turn me into a Luddite teen and … it feels good. A slip and fall backward is considerably more risky now than it was then.