Today marks a very important day in Hämeenlinna, Finland because it was the first day that there was a dance off in the shower. Now, I love the new arena. It is clean, huge, but my favourite part right now is the sauna and the showers. I come home later and later each day because I spend more and more time in the locker room, hanging out in the shower.
When I was a freshman in college, I had never, ever been in a community shower before. I heard about them and instead of being nervous to mess up at volleyball in my first practice, I was more nervous to strip down in front of a bunch of girls who I was not yet comfortable around. I remember, after practice I would take my time, visit the trainer and postpone the shower as long as possible because I was not ready yet for this coming of age. However, that shower in Cliff Keen was one of the most fun places on campus for me during my four years. My teammates at Michigan can get down. Yes, in the shower, but also in the locker room. It was the first place where pulling my jersey up over my face and flailing myself to “Wild For The Night” was accepted and encouraged. It was a place where Courtney Fletcher (almost Wilkinson wow) came up with a signal that could alert any volleyball player in Rick’s that it was time to bust that dance move from the locker room that no one on earth has seen before. Most importantly, I learned a very valuable lesson that every one has something that they want to change about their body, but everyone has their weird thing, so embrace it and dance in that shower.
Today was a rough day at practice, yes. There was a lot of yelling, a lot of swearing, a lot of mistakes, BUT, there are always speakers and there is always a shower. And this is my happy place. This is not weird. If you haven’t experienced a community shower before, maybe you should. It is a freeing experience that can make you feel more comfortable in your own skin!