Is it worth it?
I like to think of skateboarding as a long term relationship. You have good and bad days, you hate it, you love it, you miss it when its not around, its there for you when you need it most, it hurts, you wonder why you bother. Why do we bother anyway? these days every slack jawed yokel can chuck on a pair of Janoskis, a wacky coloured 5 panel and play the role of 'skateboarder'. Thats a different rant all together.
Like all relationships short get aways are crucial, so when the opportunity came along for us to jet set off to sunny Sheffield for their premier of City of rats at Ash Halls shop Simple, Arran, Henry and myself jumped at the chance. I feel that trips like this are essential for the early 20's something skateboarder as we sometimes all need to get away, clear our minds and remind ourselves the reason why we picked up a skateboard in the first place.
We got a little skate in, had a mooch about, caught up with old friends, as well as making some new ones. It was so good to see such a friendly and thriving scene that took us under their wing and showed us how to party deep into the night after the packed out premier had finished. The shop itself was very warm and inviting and even has its own coffee machine as well as other drink offerings. Delightful. It was a really good couple of days, minus the hangover.
I guess what I'm trying to say is make that trip. Go somewhere else and keep skateboarding fresh. Keep meeting new people, drink, smoke, laugh, converse, share stories and take it all in. Because in amongst all this madness all we really have is each other.
Is it worth it?