I apologize for not posting for a while. I have no good excuse. My dream is to be able to make #skatetofight my job. Hopefully I can figure out how. :-)
I really enjoyed Beau's post. He has a great vision and if any of our readers live in southern California, look up his business. It is really neat. Check it! opensourceboards.com
I started skating when I was around 10 years old and I immediately fell in love with it – it was a creative outlet, it was physically and mentally challenging, and it was fun. I was in middle school when I first started experiencing anxiety, and since then I’ve struggled with anxiety and panic attacks.
Skating had always been helpful for me – I could immerse myself in this activity that required so much focus. I always felt that there was something special about skateboarding, how it made me stronger or a better person, and actually wrote my college admissions essay on what skateboarding had taught me.
I typically felt better while and immediately after skating, but I couldn’t be skating all the time in my life. Things that nobody else seemed to have a problem with – or probably even thought about – were things that were extremely challenging for me. I said “no” to many opportunities because of anxiety. I decided I couldn’t let fear run my entire life and, last summer, I left my job to move across the country to San Diego to start a unique skateboard business, and design and live a life I wanted. I still struggle, but skateboarding has helped prepare me for this constant challenge – as skateboarding has taught me, we’re going to fail, probably a lot, but perseverance will take us great places.
There were a few things that have helped me in addition to skateboarding that I hope can also help others:
- Ask for help / talk with others – a friend paraphrased a quote: “You can’t use the same mind that created the problem to solve the problem”. That really gave me a great new perspective.
- Don’t care what others think about you (even though you probably will, pretend you don’t): at the end of the day, “the people that matter don’t mind and the people that mind don’t matter”.
- Try what others recommend, even if you don’t think it will work for you
– I had doubts about meditation for years, thinking that sitting still and alone with my thoughts would worsen my anxiety. I now try to meditate regularly because of the benefits I’ve experienced from it.
- Surround yourself with positive people – people that care about each other, treat each other with respect, and share your interests.
- Play/skate – this keeps us healthy and feeds our spirit, making us happy
. - Don’t look at your anxiety/depression as a handicap, but an opportunity – an opportunity to create a great story that can then inspire and help others.
I hope this helps. #skatetofight.