This is a video of comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock discussing skateboarding (how awesome is that?). Jerry Seinfeld associates skateboarding with the process of learning life lessons, hearing him talking about skating in this way made me proud to be a skateboarder. He says “to learn to do a skateboard trick, how many times do you gotta get something wrong until you get it right, and you hurt yourself, and if you learn to do that trick, now you got a life lesson.” The life lesson being that you have to try and risk doing it wrong, and doing it wrong again, and again, and again, until that moment comes when you finally get it right. This is exactly what life is – skateboarding is basically a metaphor for life itself – try, fail, try, fail, try, fail, and keep trying and failing until you get it right; there is absolutely nothing wrong with failing. You won’t get it right, unless you try – which comes with the risk of failing- but if you are scared to try, then you won’t possibly have the chance of gaining that “life lesson.”
Skateboarding is a bit of a mind game, although it gives the presentation of being physical, when you really think about it, isn’t it mostly a mental thing? How many times have you thought about a trick and been scared, just to try it and realize that it wasn’t all that hard after all and you should have attempted it a long time ago? This has been me too many times to even count. Skateboarding is mostly in your head.
I hope that you keep trying, failing, and getting it right, both in skateboarding and in life itself.