It almost always starts at a young age. You saw that guy skating down the street and wonder what it must feel like, or you caught sight of a video of someone doing something cool on a board, or you caught a glimpse in your periphery of a skateboard leaning on the side of a dumpster and wondered why this piece of wood was trashed. One man’s trash is another man’s – kid’s – treasure.
When you first started skating it took over your entire life, you ate, drank, and slept skateboarding. You ditched school to go skateboarding. You put off familial duties (dish washing, room cleaning, going to church) to go skateboarding. At family outings you would reek of impatience because rather than spending time with family, you’d much rather be skating. Nothing else mattered. That’s all there was, and you believed that that was all there ever would be. You literally saw nothing else but this magic in the physical form of shaped wood, some metal, and a quad set of wheels. Contrarily, this “magic” also gave you something else not so magical, it gave you tunnel vision.
As the years go by, and you began to grow a little, become a little more of your actual self – not just an extension of your parent’s beliefs and ideals – you began to see that there are, in fact, other things that exist outside of the skateboarding realm. There are an overwhelming amount of things that you can do with your life (getting a trade, reading a book, canoeing, actually walking), but being young and getting addicted to the drug (i.e. skateboarding) you become virtually ignorant of all other things that lay beyond it.
And it can be both a blessing and a curse (I was told by a friend the other day the two can’t coexist, but I don’t buy it). Admittedly, I had a tougher time than I thought I would thinking up things that I found even remotely interesting besides skateboarding, tunnel vision still affects me to this day. Because even now, besides a couple things, I don’t do much else besides ride my skateboard. My life has been greatly affected because of it, and I am forever gracious.
Or maybe it isn’t tunnel vision, maybe I just found something that I don’t believe much else can beat.