LOVE LIVE LEARN TEACHLESSONS LEARNED THROUGH SKATEBOARDING
When I am skateboarding and I finally land a trick that I have been trying repeatedly for the first time, I am embracing happiness. It is not only because I repeatedly fell really hard causing physical pain in my previous attempts, or the rush of endorphins creating a positive physical emotion, it is also due to the fact that I still can skateboard at my age. I feel happiest when I am in the moment encompassing my past, present, and future all at the same time.
I am and always will be a successful person. My success is dependent upon my failures. As long as I live, I will make mistakes, and I will make excellent choices. I know that as long as I continue to learn, I will be successful. Skateboarding has taught me that there can be success is in enjoying the process, as well as the victory. Learning new tricks can be so difficult at times, that I have had to learn to find joy in failing repeatedly. Landing the trick is only part of the success. Knowing that each positive and negative moment has and will continue to provide opportunities of learning and growth is success.
Suffering usually has a negative connotation to it. It is perceived as a bad thing, but what if suffering was neither bad nor good and was thought of as, just a motivating factor. When I broke my collar bone while skateboarding, it made me want to skate harder, when I was healed enough to. The pain was my struggle and motivated me to be a better skateboarder.
LIVING THE DREAM
A meaningful life is one that encompasses what truly matters to each individual, their passions. I have found skateboarding as a way for me to express what matters to me. Through skateboarding and my life experiences I have found that these four words encompass my passions: Love, Live, Learn, and Teach. Loving everything I encounter. Living each moment to the fullest, Learning from every situation in life. Teaching others the knowledge I obtain.
According to Victor Frankyl, meaning can be found through: “Giving something back to the world through creativity and self-expression”.