I was driving through the streets of Downtown Tampa, Florida. At a redlight the car comes to a stops, I look to my left. Racing. Jumping. Smiling. Swerving. They are a group of rollerbladers. And they're picking people up to join them, on their pursuit for happiness.
Not long after, I found myself buying a pair of rollerblades.
Here's a story:
We are sitting at the very last booth of a skating rink.
You could say we're getting to know each other.
She claims she's a professional couch potato,
then playfully shames me
"You just skate your problems away."
After a quick thought, I glance over at her and with a smirk, I say
And it does. I do skate my problems away. Out at pretty much any park or trail. You can go out to nature and skate your problems away. The wind rushes through your hair and you literally don't care. You feel noticed and slightly envied by fellow humans. You focus on the sport, and all your negative thoughts vanish.
When you are gliding over the ground, you're standing still and the world is moving right past you. You leave others behind and pass right by smiling faces. You feel the joy as the two newlyweds kiss against the handrail. As the kid on his bike finds balance in his life. Or even as your friend bows down to pet a stranger's dog.
When you rollerblade past multitudes of people at the park, you hear them chattering. "They've got rollerblades." "Look at those wheels." They glance and stare for a bit. You feel noticed. You also greet fellow rollerbladers. Kids look up to you like you're a god.
But rollerblading requires conscious practice, at least at the beginning; until you can perform effortlessly. And then there's always room for improvement. With every session, you perform better than the previous. There's always new tricks and dance moves you can perform whilst blading.
Then there's me, trying to find out how to come to a stop when going down a steep hill. The two methods I found; to slide and grind my whole body against the concrete ground, or, to throw myself and bounce off the ground. Onlookers thought it was hilarious.
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