I’m aware that the title sounds a bit negative, but this is a truth behind skateboarding: aside from the joy of making friends and learning new tricks, not all of it is fun and positivity. It may not be the True you, in the purest sense, but it is one of the Yous that skateboarding has the potential to bring out. The You who is pushed to the limit, to the edge of madness, to the line that divides the sane from the insane.
(Just take a peep at this intro to Kerry Getz’ part in Skatemore, and you’ll be able to see (and hear) exactly what I am talking about:)
There’s a lot of frustration, anger, and exasperation that comes as baggage along with skateboarding. There is virtually no way around this, unless you are the calmest person on the earth, you will, at some point or other, if you try hard enough, find yourself screaming at the top of your lungs, or just feel pure anger in the pit of your heart at not being able to land a certain trick.
I’ve been there. We’ve all been there.
It’s a struggle at times, but for the most part, it’s usually an obstacle that can be gotten over in time – maybe that day, possibly that week, or, if Life is really displaying its dislike for you, you’ll be lucky if you make it that month.
Hard times are just a part of life.