of Megan: "The Poseur"
by Meg W.
remember I got my first skateboard when I was 13 years old. I had
worked the summer doing odd jobs and other menial work for a couple
people in my neighborhood. By the end of the summer I had raised
200 dollars for the new board that I had been coveting the last
6 months. The year was '94 and about the same time that skateboarding
had become insanely popular. Every little boy in my school had his
own skateboard and a pair of Airwalks that his mother had bought
from the beginning I skated alone; I never really made a point of
being alone, it's just how things turned out. I guess I've always
seen skating as an individual effort. I remember skating everyday
in the parking lot next to my house. I remember attempting to 180
out of an axle stall and spraining my ankle. I remember a constantly
bruised shin from failed kickflips. I remember every body knee and
every scraped palm. I remember getting up, and trying again after
each bail. I remember having fun.
the next few wintery months, things at school began to change at
school. I remember getting hassled by all the boys at school. I
remember being ostracized by other skateboarders just like me. Possibly
a dislike based on me being a girl (and skating), me being a sort
of loner from the group, or for maybe not wearing the right shoes
or clothing. I'll never know; when you're being chased home there's
really not enough time to stop and ask questions. But, what ever
the reason was, it pushed the force inside my brain to skate even
more. I still had fun. I remember perseverance, and determination.
I'm 19 years old and just getting back into skating (11th grade
ankle injury, I had to call it quits for a while) I'm currently
re-learning everything ( working on kickflips, and such, hehe) I
skate almost everyday. Everyday I bail, and get back up. I have
fun. I'll never go pro, I have no desire to do so. I live day by
day, and set my personal goals day by day. Like I mentioned before
skating is an individual effort. I guess it's funny how some things
can go unchanged for so long.