I remember being 9 or 10 years old when I first saw a skateboard. It was in my old red apartment complex that I lived in for 15+ years. There was an older kid by the name of Mikey Thurman. He was a rat-tailed, cigarette smoking, gutter of a kid. But did he ever change my life- for the good. We became the best of friends. Everyday I would come home from elementary school, walk a few buildings over, go up some stairs to his 3rd floor apartment, where he lived with his Kurt Cobain looking ass mom.
We would listen to Mudvayne and Slipknot i.e really shitty music. Then we would go for a skate sesh. For a bit of time we had to share his Darkstar and I remember him always being a little bitch about it. Taking extra turns, talking about, its my deck...
I finally convinced my mom to take me out of bunk ass soccer and buy me a skateboard. That day I became a man. Skateboarding has led me to everything currently good in my life. My good friends, music taste, worldview, creative side, love of craftsmanship, my work ethic.
My first dream was to become a professional skateboarder. I spent so many hours watching skate videos and scheming. Skateboarding was my first love and always will be. Here are 5 things that inanimate piece of fucking wood taught me.
1. Not to give a fuck. I broke my arm skateboarding when I was 15 and subsequently got rheumatoid arthritis from it. Do I give a fuck? Nope.
2. The merit of individuality.
3. Women like bad boys ;'}.
4. The importance of physical activity.
5. To keep trying even though you're scared.
I am getting back in the game this spring/summer and cant freaking wait.