I almost didn’t skate today. Waking up on Thursdays for me right now means I have to be at work at 3. I hate having to stop having fun to go to work. So sometimes Thursdays aren’t very productive for me. Unless grass needs to be cut somewhere. But I digress.
I was going to walk down here to the riverfront. As I was going towards the front door, I looked down at my board just sitting there. Quickly in my mind I realized that it would be silly for me to not skate. After all, it’s 79 degrees out with very few clouds in the sky.
A lot of the times that I go out and cruise, I hit up the familiar spots to me. Places that have deep memories that I’ll always cherish. It’s funny to think that a little manual pad in a church parking lot could be so important to me. Every time I ride by it, I think of all the fun times I’ve had skating it. Like when you learn a trick on a small object then want to take it to a little bit bigger object. I’m sure it’s just a slab of concrete to everyone else. But the times you’ve had there with your friends or just yourself cannot be put into words, really. You live the experience and always have the memories. I love reminiscing.
I always like to see people’s faces when I skate by. I’m sure they’ve seen it on TV or there’s a kid in their neighborhood that skateboards. For me being a skateboarder, I don’t know how to look at it as not one. I’m sure that goes for just about everything. Someone that is super passionate about swimming probably just seems like some person that swims to me. But I can appreciate that passion. I think being so passionate about something helps you express it more. I like to think some people that don’t even know me know how much I like skateboarding just by seeing me skate by. Like, they can appreciate the act even though it may not be very interesting to them.
Maybe some of this is hitting home for someone out there. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only skater that examines things like this. Even if you aren’t a skater, I hope I can convey these thoughts and observations onto things in your life. Maybe have a different outlook or perspective on things. An open mind is a great thing.