Margaret's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Poor, Lazy Overachievers

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Norfolk, VA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 7

  • ON DVD:

MARGARET WAGNER

Roller Derby Team Captain

“Here, you'd better be well within your comfort zone to fall.”

INTERESTS:

Action Sports Sports

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Fear Fulfillment Goals Perseverance Courage Opportunity Pressure Choices Family

FOUNDATION:

Being Physically Active

TAGS:

drop out, falling, health care, resourceful, roller derby, roller skating, skills, time

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Met her husband two years into college and ended up dropping out of school.
  • Says her mother, who had her Ph.D., didn't understand her path; thought it was very "feminist" of her to drop out of school and become a mother.
  • Instead, worked as an executive assistant and eventually got certified as a project manager.
  • Stresses that there is a way to get through life without a college degree.
  • One day, her husband pointed out an ad for a roller derby team that she could join and that would teach her about the sport.
  • Says when she first started doing roller derby, she was the "scared kid holding onto the wall."
  • Underscores the importance of courage and patience; says there's too much pressure to figure out what you want to do early on.
  • Her belief is that you have the right to change your mind at any given time, given new information.

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