The other day a good friend sent a story on why he loves skateboarding. Josten Dooley is the young skater/entrepreneur mastermind behind positivewayoflife.com where he shares uplifting caveats of introspective wisdom and positive thinking almost daily.
So without further adieu, here’s Josten:
Ever since I started skateboarding my life has been amazing. The way that I started skateboarding was pretty interesting. I started by letting my friend who had a skateboard borrow my laser tag and he had a skateboard. Eventually I found out a way so that I’d keep the skateboard and he’d keep my laser tag. This was about 1999-2001 era.
Truly I believe that if I did not start skateboarding I’d probably be somewhere playing basketball in college. Not that I have anything against doing that. Doing what my life was written out to be. But instead I found love in something I enjoy doing. When skateboarding started flowing through my veins it never stopped.
I filled the walls in my bedroom from top to bottom with skateboard pictures. Once I even slept with my skateboard. I don’t really know how my family looked at me skateboarding more so I believe they did not understand at that time. Now they have a greater understanding of what it meant and still means to me.
As I started to get older i eventually fell out of it and ended up quitting. Earlier this year in March I vacationed in California and I got back into skateboarding. My brother from another family as well as his uncles and aunts reside there. Immediately with a few days we got back our old tricks and then some.
The feeling I still get from skateboarding is totally pure estacy. Landing a trick or trying something new I enjoy the challenge. Hanging with friends and watching as each of you get better each day is pure joy. Doing just that is what I love and not worrying about getting paid to do it and etc.
Even when I’ve been skateboarding for hours and my body starts to get tired I want to continue skateboarding. That is how much I enjoy doing it. There’s days that if I have not been skateboarding my day will not be complete. Skateboarding has positively impacted my life by the challenge mentally and physically.
By attempting to ollie down stairs, a handrail or learning new tricks on flatground that is what I enjoy. Because it’s a sense of accomplishment over and over. Knowing what I’m capable of. So if you are starting to skateboard or you already are keep on pushing and do not quit.