DIANE>>”The proper function of a man is to live, not to exist… I shall not waste my days in trying to
prolong them. I shall use my time.” And I just like that quote. My name is Diane Pieknik. I am
semi-retired. I come from Farmington Hills Michigan, which is a suburb of Detroit. I lost my job two years ago when the economy tanked I was kind of like forced into retirement. When I told my family what I wanted to do, they said I was out of my mind. Part of me says, “do you know how old you are? You don’t like the cold. Why are you doing this?” And the other part of me says “Yeah we do want to do this. I’m gonna try it just to say I can do it”. The name of my team is Voodoo
Dolls. We’re all girls. We’re all beginners. Some have played for three or four years but we’re still learning. I mean it’s not easy getting out on the
ice and skating. The first time I went skating, I caught an edge or something and I fell, hit the ice, was knocked unconscious. My face was like oh like that I had fractured this part of my cheekbone. I have this little card, and the motto on the bottom says: “Success is getting up one more time then you fall down”. And I think of that a lot. When I scored my first goal, you’d think it
was a playoff. The whole team was all excited for me and they gave me the puck. And now especially since I play hockey, I understand it more, and it’s so much more
fun to watch. My favorite player is Bertuzzi. I think he’s hot.
lost. It keeps his spirits up. On Facebook, my older boy wrote “What is
wrong with this picture? When we were younger, my mom and dad had our soccer schedule on the refrigerator, I am standing here looking at the
refrigerator and my mom’s hockey schedule is on it. It doesn’t seem right.” All of them are giving me a pat on the back. My daughters think it’s awesome. Lately I’ve heard people a little
younger than I say that, “When I grow up, I’m gonna be like you”. All they mean by that is just keep active. They can see now that life doesn’t end after 50. It makes me feel good inside that I can show others that, you know, you don’t have to stop. I’m just an ordinary person doing goofy
things. Things that are different. Things that I think about and sound like fun. There’s a lot of people out there doing the same type of things I just happen to
be one of them here. That’s all.