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Life On Wheels: How Skateboarding Saves Lives

By Andres Pachon

A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.


Skateboarders always have a story, and often skateboarding becomes an option to overcome yourself or get around lifes different obstacles. For many people skateboarding is a way of proving something to themselves through the complications and ups and downs we all go through.


Skateboarding: Filling a Space Within

Inspiring skateboard story
Photo: Jason Lee (Unsplash)

Many skaters exist and persist because they don’t know anything else that can fill them the same way. The streets are a dangerous place when you’re young and innocuousness could betray you leading to bad habits, but there can be also good habits, like skateboarding. It becomes an excuse to take care of yourself, to have a daily routine involving a creation of future goals and for some a reason to go on. The streets now don´t look the same, and you will not look the same, it give you an identity hidden within.

People live from and for skateboarding, this phrase of course has a multitude of meanings. As a profession it's a reality that if your skills are enough to do competitive skateboarding you might try and achieve it, becoming one hundred percent dedicated. It also could be the disconnection you need from the days work and stress, letting you live a happier and better life. There aren’t any problems that will affect you skating, even the falls will be joyfull, so much so that you won’t care how many times you have to get up and ride again. We fall in love with the pain.






Pass Skateboarding On To Future Generations

Skateboarding For Life, Parent and Child
Photo: Jason Lee (Unsplash)

As people that already passed through almost everything in their lives and hwho as been skating to find the confort they need, it’s necessary to pass on that positive energy of skating to the future skaters. Max Barrera is a Mexican skater that have overcome himself and now is the image of skateboarding in his country, but it doesn’t stop there, he wants to inspire the upcoming generations in Mexico to find an alternative and is sponsoring skateboarding events to expand the skating community.

Skating goes beyond a physical activity, it’s an opportunity to rediscover yourself, to find another reason to live rather than just exist. Because some adrenalin in our lives doesn’t hurt. The beauty of it is that when you go out and skate, our concerns disappear. 

What is your relationship to skateboarding, and what has it meant to you? Leave a comment below and let us know!


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