AFFIRM: I skateboard for fun. The more I skateboard the more fun I will have and the more comfortable and confident I will become.
It’s unrealistic to expect perfection from yourself when you are learning new things. Unfortunately we do sometimes and it can stop us from persevering and continuing to learn new things.
When I was starting out I had felt like I needed to be an expert if I was going to skate in public, especially if I was going to go to the skate park and be around other skateboarders. Having thoughts like this put so much pressure on me as I felt like I had to be perfect at skateboarding which is really hard when you’re learning, actually kind of impossible.
Skateboarding is a skill that takes time to learn. Over the years this belief that I needed to be super technical and do lots of tricks to skateboard held me back from skateboarding at times. After a while however I got tired of the restrictions I was putting on myself and started saying to myself, as long as you are having fun that is all that matters. I then started taking my skateboard more places, for my commute to work, as a way to hang out with my friends, and into the skateparks as I love cruising on the smooth concrete and going over the bumps.
So now this is what I do, I have realised that I dont desire to be perfect at skateboarding really I desire to have more fun, so I’m going to come off my board at times but that really doesn’t matter as long as I am having fun I am on the right path.
I encourage you to take the pressure off yourself too and give yourself the space to learn and have fun.