When I feel stuck, I think about skateboards and risking for joy

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  • But it grew to the streets, to makeshift courses, to the monumental skills that developed seamlessly among riders as they inhaled each other’s techniques and then elevated them to something more extraordinary. Then came informal and then formal championships. And now, the Olympics.
  • You have to learn how to take a fall.
  • And you really have to learn how to get back up.
  • How much do you risk on a day to day basis? Skateboarding is a sport full of screaming broken limbs, heart-stopping crashes and falls. So is life.
  • Life is a full contact sport. It requires that we keep extending ourselves, being open to possibilities, in our all aspects of our lives. Even when it scares the crap out of us.
  • When we look at our thrills, yes, maybe they last only seconds. But “jolts of joy” don’t need to be any longer. When we watch skaters coast and curl, hang upside in an air that gives them no assistance, we can grasp hope for ourselves. Things can change. If we can create joy once, we can do it again. We can even share it.

Where are the places in your life where you can feel truly extraordinary?

Martha Manning, Ph.D is a writer and clinical psychologist, whose memoir, Undercurrents deals with her severe depression. Like heavy stuff with lots of humor.

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