I’ve been struggling with depression since high school. Most of high school was just the typical drama setting me off. I thought I was being over the top, so I brushed aside my feelings. It would eventually rise into rash decisions, suicidal thoughts, etc.
Into the summer my junior year, my friends introduced me to longboarding; nothing serious, just casual cruising. I loved it though. Eventually we decided to learn how to slide, and starting pushing ourselves. While it wasn’t an overnight cure, longboarding was the best coping method I had found. All of the thoughts and feelings I had subsided.
A few months in, I received some crippling news from home that brought up feelings I couldn’t push away. I started suffering again, with thoughts of suicide and hopelessness. Eventually I was sent home to get the help I needed. I remember feeling that if I could just spend a day on my board that I might be able to push through it.
I came home and begin seeing a therapist; which did help me find new ways to cope with my depression. I also begin skating more and more, going whenever I had a free moment. While it wasn’t the most perfect solution, nothing has helped me more fighting my depression then skating. Nothing can free your mind quite like landing that huge slide, or going faster than you ever have.
I have been waiting to share this post for a long time. I have skated with Brady for quite a while but I am just starting to get to really know him. He is a talented skater and writer and I am so grateful that he is willing to share his story with us. I know it will help many people. Thanks Brady!