Ever since I was little I wanted to be one of those bad-ass chicks that could skateboard, surf and pretty much do any board sport. I wanted to be the girl that did anything the boys could do and lived life without fear. I’m finally learning how to live a life without fear, or at least not let fear dictate how to live my life. However, I still haven’t gotten the bad-ass part down, at least not when it comes to skateboarding or surfing. Maybe it’s my lack of ocean but more likely it’s my lack of balance.
Part of me never wanted to be around people who could do board sports, especially girls because I felt like they would be able to see through me. That I would be a poser and be judged. I don’t know where I got this idea but it’s always sat in the back of my head. I love the fashion that goes with board sports too, so even in stores, I would feel like I was going to be found out, that I didn’t belong.
A few weeks ago I decided to face my fear and go take pictures of the things that I really love. So I went to the Denver Skate Park to take some pictures and just see what happened. It turned out that I was welcomed with open arms and the people there couldn’t have been cooler. What I loved most about being at the skatepark was watching the community that they had there. One guy road his board around giving otter pops to all the little kids. Everyone knew everyone’s names even the names of the little kids riding around. There was a certain etiquette of taking turns to ride and a great sense of teamwork in helping each other figure out tricks. And of course, there was so much laughter.
Going after your dreams is filled with a lot of uncertainties and fears but if you really want to make your dream come true you have to find a way to fight through those fears. Starting with small fears first and working your way through the big ones. The skatepark fear was just a small one of mine, working towards being a freelance photographer that’s a bigger one. Wanting to travel the world, another bigger one. But when I think about it, I know that it’s the things you are afraid of the most that bring the greatest adventure to your life. And who doesn’t want to live a life filled with adventure?!