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Re: Losing interest in skateboarding/feeling left out
« Reply #60 on: May 29, 2024, 05:45:08 PM »
Iíve also been dealing with this lately. Some weeks I just donít give a shit about skating. Maybe our jobs, kids, significant other, home life, etcÖ can get to us sometimes? Also been focusing on learning music more lately so thatís been consuming my mind and time more than skating.

Just keep busy with other things if you donít feel like skating. That said, Iím gonna try to skate tomorrow for a few hours, you should too!

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Re: Losing interest in skateboarding/feeling left out
« Reply #61 on: June 02, 2024, 02:11:09 PM »
Iím going to have to take some of this advice.

Skated today for about an hour and had a solid, clear thought about 50 minutes in: ďwhat the fuck am I doing here?Ē

Iím 42 about to turn 43 next month, and I just feel like I should be out on the golf course instead of at the skatepark sucking.

I donít feel embarrassed, itís more of a ďwhy am I here doing my stupid slow and low tricksĒ existential crisis kind of question.

Everything hurts and I feel like I canít take risks like I used to because getting hurt is the absolute worst now.

Also, I gained 25 pounds in the last six monthsÖ which really makes skating harder and nothing I can do is making the weight go away (healthy eating, more active throughout day with at least one walk of 15 minutes, and 2-5 hours of skating a week on two separate days)

I donít know, I think if I quit skating for a few months to do something else, itíll be really difficult to get back into it again.

Too scared to quit, if that makes sense. But too much in pain to really skate like is necessary to get the most out of it.

I donít knowÖ maybe trying a different park would be good. Thereís a new one opening soon about 30 minutes away with some low looking stuff. Thereís a 3í quarter I could try to build up confidence to roll into (or really just do the damn thing without thinkingÖ not thinking about it usually led to better skating)

Or go skate the mostly transition park/pump track and just get some killer aerobic exercise and fly outs.

yeah, iíve had this feeling when i go out.
i havenít had a Ďgoodí session, inÖ.in about 8 years. not one that springs to mind. meaning i havenít skated well, for me, in about 8 years.
iím mid 40ís. had a relative peak in ability in early mid 30s. got injured back then, took time away for bikes and soccer and got injured doing both, and have been just declining.
declining to the point where iím not even sure what iím attempting.
 if i could skate any type of way, i guess itíd be Lavar in trilogy, just endless flatground flip tricks, that was always the dream. i always sucked at ledges, ramps make no sense to me. i skate too slow, always have, now itís way way too slow. i formerly could jump pretty high, and that has disappeared.
being older and out of shape, skating slow trying to hang on to a handful of flip tricks and really nothing else, just seems weird as hell.
iíve allowed myself to get really Ďconfusedí (consumeristic) with gear, and that has been my interface with skating for quite a bit. even as i write all of this shit out, iím thinking about the last time i was skating well, 8 ish years ago, and what the board was (8.25 14 wb Chico, and like a fucknut i skated with 139s/144s/159s. probably consistently best with the 144s, but best session was with 159sÖ.had a nice graphic too, kinda white and pink background and cool drawing/painting of someone, one of the rare times i loved one surprised me with a board, as an adult).

lots of good suggestions in the thread: skating in the street, skating different setups, skating for distance, skating hills, no ollieís, building stuff, biking around looking for spots, SWITCH TIC TAC (if i could figure out how to switch speed check back to switch i think that would be really really really sick).

there are roads, surfaces, sidewalks, brick plazas, in different states that i can remember. just great vibrations under the wheels. none of my crappy bag of tricks were needed to enjoy those times of just rolling.

i understand that comparison is the thief of joy. and i uncle rico it to a wild degree: i wasnít ever Ďgoodí at skating. but in the area i grew up, when i got back into skating, i was a little older (16/17) and more athletic than the others, and had that reputation, or identity a little bit. i knew i wasnít good, like that, i saw videos, butÖ.i wanted to believe a little bit. and i really let myself get caught up to a very small extent, in that i didnít want to show people my limitations skating, and so i didnít progress.
now as an old man, whose life is off-kilter, im comparing my old self, to something that never was, and mourning the difference. i can see it being silly, vain, gross, and inaccurate, but if i could just land this goddamn hardflip, or tre-athalon one more time, itíd all be better. (currently none of the treís. zero. not about to do all of em in a row).

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Re: Losing interest in skateboarding/feeling left out
« Reply #62 on: June 08, 2024, 07:30:30 AM »
Buy Dragon Wheels and start skating down the street again. Skateparks are mindkillers.

If you still have friends who skate, really push for a ramp. Either on private property (ideally indoors) or a DIY if you have to. Miniramp sessions with buddies seriously get better with age and actually keep you healthy with the pushing, core strength, etc.

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Re: Losing interest in skateboarding/feeling left out
« Reply #63 on: June 10, 2024, 08:47:59 AM »
Sometimes it's the simple things that can bring joy. And with simple I mean really, really simple.

Reverts in every stance in every direction. 360 reverts. Honestly a switch bs 360 revert is really hard. Kickturns fs and bs, regular and switch. Pushing as fast as you can and doing ollies up and down sidewalks. All 4 manuals across the parking lot. No complys, bonelesses, beanplants, fastplants on flat. All 4 ollies. All 8 180s. All 8 shuv its. Just doing 50-50s. Keep it simple, would be my advice.
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Re: Losing interest in skateboarding/feeling left out
« Reply #64 on: June 10, 2024, 09:14:04 AM »
im off bloard (ish) tranzpo only. Exactly what i got smoked doing but... It keeps the haters happy to hear.

Agony the agony. After taking 3? weeks half off. I did a nollie flip and i haddnt felt like that since the 2000s.

Take a break. A life this gnarly is a taxing gas mostly. When its not you gotta regroup and re find the "Original Stoke" once more. The Original Stoke was passed on to me via sk8 tv. Ill never let it go.

Luckily my stoke is multi-instrumental so i can hop on drums or guitar or if my hands is hurt harmonica. Its all the same. Except when combined. When im skating down the street with any musical instrument im in double heaven.

I learned that from a guy who rode a unicycle and bounced a basketball at the same time.

but i whistle and sing while doing high speed manuvers. Only angel dust would make life better realy

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Re: Losing interest in skateboarding/feeling left out
« Reply #65 on: June 10, 2024, 09:16:22 AM »
Just never stop slapping. Its keeping skating pure. Like ventures and smaller east coast brands. I need it. Its gives back and it cost nothing. I love it.

Id never leave you out of nothing.

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Re: Losing interest in skateboarding/feeling left out
« Reply #66 on: June 10, 2024, 12:14:32 PM »
Every time I go skate I have to force myself to do it, every fiber of my being wants to plop down on the couch, crack a beer and play video games or read or watch tv or stare at the wall or literally anything but physical activity.

I mean, I gotta put on my knee brace, make sure I fill my water bottle, make sure I put on sun screen, make sure I got wax, then drive 15 to 40 minutes to the spot then stretch then warm up for like 20 minutes then actually skate for anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours then gather up my shit and drive 15 to 45 minutes home then immediately wash my knee brace then take a shower and by the time it's all said and done it's been a fuckin 3 to 4 hour endeavor.

I never regret it though. I'm always glad I went, even if I'm skating alone.

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Re: Losing interest in skateboarding/feeling left out
« Reply #67 on: June 10, 2024, 09:54:44 PM »
Every time I go skate I have to force myself to do it, every fiber of my being wants to plop down on the couch, crack a beer and play video games or read or watch tv or stare at the wall or literally anything but physical activity.

I mean, I gotta put on my knee brace, make sure I fill my water bottle, make sure I put on sun screen, make sure I got wax, then drive 15 to 40 minutes to the spot then stretch then warm up for like 20 minutes then actually skate for anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours then gather up my shit and drive 15 to 45 minutes home then immediately wash my knee brace then take a shower and by the time it's all said and done it's been a fuckin 3 to 4 hour endeavor.

I never regret it though. I'm always glad I went, even if I'm skating alone.

I do that stuff too. It's all good. My next apartment will be on top of a big hill. So I'll never wanna go home.