I broke my leg Tuesday, July 5th. I was at a hill by myself drilling in toe sides, the pavement felt a lot stickier than usual and was making my wheels screech from gripping so much. I kept going at it because I wanted to perfect them, I wanted to skate more challenging roads. The sun was starting to descend and I was going to to go for a couple more but this one became my last. I gripped up very hard on the pavement and when I went to jump off to run it out, I guess i pressed on my board with my front foot a little too hard in a spot and it caused it to flip and send my left foot tripping over it and into full impact with the road. I immediately took off my gloves, knee pads, and shoes to see what happened and I wasn’t in pain until I got up and walked a little under 100 ft back to my car towards the middle of the hill. I was hoping it was a sprain and called my boyfriend to bring me to urgent care where I later found out I had broke my fibula and will need surgery and 3 months to recover. This may not seem too bad, but when Im inactive, the “demons” like to come out in mind.
Sometimes we are meant to slow down and later with a clear mind, I was able to take this as a sign and permission to do exactly that. Its time to be okay with the fears that come with being still and find new ways to battle them. Besides skateboarding I am a Yoga teacher and therapist, and I think this is what will help me the most. The teachings of Yoga are powerful and help you go with what comes, transform negative thinking into something new and positive, and to be okay with stillness. So in the mean time, I will be fine tuning these things and scooting around on my skateboard in the house [maybe near the coast too] on both knees and hands. Slowing down doesn’t need to be painful, it can be a new door to transformation and getting to know yourself on a deeper level.
Even if you literally can’t skate to fight, you can still fight. Visualize and be creative, watch some inspiring videos of your favourite skaters, knee board, pick up a new instrument, draw or paint, go enjoy the sunshine, dance, and be your most authentic self. It’s okay to cry, it’s okay to feel alone. Own it, but at the same time know that there are so many people that love you and are willing to help you in your time of most need. This is as much of a message to everyone out there suffering as well as myself, and I hope that it helps all of those who have joined #teambrokeoff feel a little less alone.
My name is Zoey and I am 22, living in beautiful San Diego. I started skateboarding a little over 1 and a half years ago, and immediately got started with downhill. I skate ditches, mountains, free ride hills, push, and pools. I love to immerse myself in skating and learn all disciplines. I have a great group of friends that has formed over my year or so of skating, and I think the community is one of my favourite parts of it all! If I am not skating you can find me helping others through yoga therapy and yoga classes, surfing, free diving, cooking delicious vegan food, and creating art. Skateboarding has my heart though, and I will continue to do it through out my life no matter what.