Unless you are lucky and get to skateboard for a living, the older you get, naturally, the less time you have to skateboard. Priorities change from chasing the next session to chasing the next paycheck. These are just the facts of life.
As aging adult skateboarders, after we’ve put in our 40-50+ hour work week you would think that we’d be excited to skate. Well, that isn’t always the case. I certainly can’t speak for all adult skateboarders, but here are my top five reasons I will not be skateboarding Saturday.
You know it, I know it, slams are very capable of extinguishing any desire to skateboard. Why is that? If I see someone eat shit, I’m not stoked, I’m done! On the flipside of that, there are humans who seemingly love to slam (think Leo Romero). Whatever your stance is on slamming, I think we can all agree that seeing slams invariably sucks. Sorry @hallofmeat but I had to unfollow 🙁
Maybe it’s a poor excuse but, come on, don’t act like after a long work week you don’t fancy a couple cold brews…or 15. I find myself often letting my Friday nights ruin my Saturday sessions. So let’s raise our glasses to waking up, turning the phone OFF, and not skating because we are too hungover!
Whether it’s having a honey do list or your significant other has the day off, ladies have a real knack for putting an end to your session. Not everyone falls victim to this. A lot of skateboarders better halves are supportive of “skateboard time,” but let’s face it, we all have a friend who will pull the “ole lady” excuse 9 out of 10 times.
The older I get, the more expensive skateboarding gets, too. Maybe it seems more expensive considering my finances are more restricted due to drinking and women (both are expensive). However, I do remember a time when I could skate all Saturday on just a few dollars. Grab enough cash to to chip in on gas and whatever is left goes towards the dollar menu. Now, the post session meal typically involves a restaurant and drinks. So let’s tack on 10 or 15 bucks on an already tight budget and staying home is looking nice.
As much as I love skateboarding, sometimes it’s nice to take a step back and focus on other activities. Typically, I always end up appreciating skateboarding more and sometimes even skate better after a small break. So, consider getting out of your comfort zone and learn something new on your next day off. Trust me, you won’t lose your kickflips.