Did you used to roller skate? How about skateboard? Or maybe you still do, or you never did, and you still want to try. Well, get this: In June, there was apparently a day dedicated to both types of recreational sport. Yes, that’s right, June 21st was Go Skating/Skateboarding Day here in the USA.
Both diversions share the skate-on-concrete aspect. But that’s not all they share. Skating and skateboarding both provide people with a similar experience, and consequently, similar feelings. That is to say, when you skate or skateboard, you feel free – carefree. Like all that matters is the stride and glide, the whirl and twirl, the shift and lift. Both skating and skateboarding can be done alone, as a couple, or as a group. They both need the same safety equipment – helmet, elbow guards, and knee guards. And the fact that you get exercise seems merely a side benefit to the fun of it all.
No wonder there’s a day dedicated to skating and skateboarding. Their very idea is representative of the ideal recreational activity: Do something fun for stress relief, exercise, and challenge – and keep as safe as possible.
Now, roller skating or skateboarding isn’t for everyone, so the question is – what is for you? What recreation do you get which provides you the fun, stress relief, exercise, and challenge, all while remaining relatively safe?
If you are reading this, yet feeling guilty that you don’t participate in any kind of recreational activity such as roller skating or skateboarding, fear not. The list of other possibilities in endless. To name a few: swimming, jogging, Zumba, cross country skiing, and jump roping. Go ahead, choose one. And if none speaks to you, search for others.
The main point is to find your own niche in recreation, and then sign up for a solid year commitment. Just do it, as ’90s Nike ads said – but not just to do it. Do it because the benefits are astounding: Pride in accomplishment while relishing the care-free feeling. And because you’ve dedicated time for yourself to engage in such a beneficial activity, your loved ones will thank you, too. Because you’ll be a better you, and thereby more able to be there wholeheartedly for them.
So, celebrate Go Skating/Skateboarding Day every day of the year, by choosing the best recreational activity for you. Now skate-daddle.