Skatemom Patti mugs for the camera in Virginia.
Feeling awkward cuz you just started skating?
Remember … every skater in the park has walked in your skate shoes.
Let’s say you arrive at the park ready to skate and a bunch of experienced skaters are there doing grinds and flip tricks. Big deal! They’ve been doing those for years. For them, it’s not a challenge.
For you, on the other hand, everything is a challenge. Most things are new and difficult.
And sometimes what you’re doing is downright dangerous.
It’s not that way for the local shredders at your park. Most of what they’re doing is second nature for them. It’s rare for them to learn something new. Know why?
Cuz they’re afraid of slamming. Just like you.
So, the next time you’re at the skatepark, and you’re feeling out of place, remember this:
You’re the one who’s stepping out of your comfort zone, not those experienced skaters. Take pride in what you’ve already been able to accomplish in the short time you’ve been skating.
And if some ripper makes you feel as if you don’t belong, ask them if they can do that trick switch. Because that’s essentially what you’re doing each time you step on a board.