1. People are interesting. Skateboarding allows people to be themselves without having to fit a certain niche. I’ve made friends with people from all walks of life because of it. Skateboarding is something that accepts the freaks and the geeks of the world and it’s so rad to see what people can do on a useless wooden toy no matter where they come from. It taught me acceptance of the human person; color doesn’t matter, gender doesn’t matter and, to an extent, beliefs don’t matter (we’re all animals, don’t be an asshole).
2. I am a masochist…. Skateboarders eat shit tryingsomething that means pretty much nothing until they are beaten and exhausted. For some reason, it’s still worth it.
3. You don’t have to be good at something to love it. Although not being good at skateboarding involves a lot of time on the ground, the smallest accomplishments can make it all worth it. Having the ability to learn something new after 10+ years of doing something is amazing. Even if it doesn’t seem like shit to someone else, it can be the best feeling in the world. It’s all about figuring out what you can do with the hunk of junk body you were dealt with; don’t sweat what other people think.
4.It’s a good idea to take care of myself. As a skateboarder in my 20s, I’ve had back problems and knee problems that I wouldn’t have imagined happening when I was 16. Life has its ups and downs, but skateboarding is always there to come back to when the pain starts to go away. It’s a good reminder to give a care for the time being because I’verealized it might not be something that lasts forever. Guess I could always try toOg de Souza my way around when the time comes.
5. It gave me a reason to see the world. It’s broadened my horizons and showed me that there is more out there than what’s in my backyard. There is a lot to be said about adventure and I learned the world is worth seeing. Just because we live in a world heavily populated by the human race, doesn’t mean that we’re not exploring the possibilities of every crack in the sidewalk or every incline in the parking lots. Adventure is alive and well, even if we’re not the first to canoe down the Mississippi River or scale the top of Mount Everest. It can be as easy as grabbing your board and picking a direction.