Skating Through A Global Pandemic

“Interesting times.”

It’s a phrase I find myself saying over and over again these days. How does one accurately describe what we’re ALL going through right now without inevitably spiraling into the doldrums of uncertainty. 

There is no precedence. There is no roadmap.

Interesting times, indeed.

I heard a quote once that went something like this; “When we think that we might lose life, all of a sudden we appreciate what we thought gave us life.” And for many of us, that’s skateboarding.

In this time of quarantines and social-distancing, it makes it onerous to engage in the life-giving activity that we’ve come so accustom to always being there. Like a well worn easy chair that fits perfectly to your contours, skating has been there whenever we needed it.

I was originally going to write about the things we should and should not do as skateboarders living in the midst of a pandemic. About how you shouldn’t go to skateparks and ways you can support your local skate shops, but let’s be real, you’ve heard it all and no matter what I or anyone else says, you’ll make your own decisions on what you will and will not do.

But I will say this; now is the time that we need to realize that what we do in this moment, will have an impact on the future of the people we love and the companies we support. And that when we do return to whatever “normal” is, that hopefully, but not inevitably, they will all be there when we arrive.

Yes this sucks. No this won’t last forever. But let’s be smart about the choices we make and the actions we take.

We’re all in this together.

-Corey

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