Skateboarding and Life

Skateboarding and Life

When I was a kid and through my teenage years and early 20’s I loved skateboarding (still do).  I use to say that it was a way of life.  A way of life that was mine.  I once got paid $500.00 by my grandmother to spend some time with my great grandmother while my grandmother went out of town.  I think I was 16 at the time.  I spent every last penny at Cheapskates, the local skate shop in Memphis.  I bought clothes, shoes, decks, wheels, stickers, sex wax, all kinds of stuff.  It’s a memory that I’ll carry with me forever.  I was happy and I didn’t care what anyone else thought.  Every once in awhile I will come across a senior picture I took in high school. and I’m wearing a shirt that I bought that day with my $500.00.  I immediately think back to that day that I’ll never forget and smile.  Those were fun days.  We did whatever we wanted.  We had a car, skateboards, and a very small amount of cash.  Who could stop us?  As long as we (sort of) told our parents where we were, we were good. There were 3 of us, me, Phillip and Todd.  Sometimes my friend Matt’s little brother Sam would tag along with us.  We liked to call him “little guy” because he was younger.  These were some of the coolest guys.  Some of the best friends I have ever had in my life.  We went to a Southern Baptist High School, and since we liked long hair, skateboards and rock music just about everyone thought we...
Falling Down and Getting Up

Falling Down and Getting Up

I walked out into my garage last night and tripped over something.  I fell hard on the concrete and it hurt.  In that moment it occurred to me that if you want to be successful you have to be able to take big risks.  You can’t be afraid of falling.  You are going to fall hard and you are going to fall often.  In the past my fear of falling has put limits on what I want to do.  What do we learn from skateboarding?  Fall hard, fall hard, fall hard, fall hard, fall hard….get back up and try again.  You might eventually make the trick you are after.  You might not.  You’ll learn something from it though.  So…go full speed and give it everything you’ve got.  Don’t be afraid of falling.  I think this lesson is going to be good for me not just with skateboarding but everywhere else in my life. Share...