Throwback Thursday to 2010 during my longboarding days 🛹🤙 When I was in college I used to ride this thing to class. But I didn’t think that was possible at one point.
Let me explain:
When I first started school, I thought longboarding looked like so much fun. Yet, I didn’t think I could do it. First of all, I am tall AF. Secondly, my sense of balance is not that great. I could ride a bike and roller blade but skating?!? NO WAY! That seemed so out of reach. It wasn’t for me.
Or was it?
Through some encouragement, I built up the courage to try. And I fell. SO. MANY. TIMES. Bad falls too. Yet, little by little, I was getting better. While the falls sometimes hurt like hell, I kept trying and kept falling.
Eventually, by my second semester, I decided to ride to class, crazy campus traffic and all.
My heart was RACING! I didn’t want to fall, get hurt, and make a fool of myself. I only had a few weeks of practice. But there was no turning back. I either had to walk, knowing that it would take twice as long to get to class, or try to ride this board.
I was off, wobbling my way along. Despite almost falling a few times and going OH SH*T, I made it safe and sound. Over time, it became second nature. What seemed scary at first was now so much fun! I could longboard for miles and even do a simple trick or two. I ended up longboarding to class for the rest of college.
Yet, doing something new was intimidating, challenging, and even frightening at some points. But in the end, it became something so rewarding. It was such a great feeling knowing that I could do something that once scared me.
Isn’t that true for a lot of things in our lives?
When we break outside of our comfort zones, risk falling, and have the courage to get back up do we experience real GROWTH to become a better, stronger version of ourselves. And it’s not that we don’t feel afraid or even fall flat on our faces sometimes.
It’s that we don’t let it stop us.
Whatever challenge you are facing, you are STRONGER than you think. - 2 days ago