There's got to be a deep meaning behind my strangely strong desire to become a skateboarder, longboarding style, at the age of 63.
After all, don't the world's Western religions tell us that God/Allah is in control of our lives? And don't the world's Eastern religions tell us that Karma/Tao guides our decisions?
Thus I have to assume that if I follow through on my lust for longboarding, I will have taken another step toward my salvation, enlightenment, god-realization, satori, and overall Major Dude'ness.
Now, so far I haven't actually set foot on a skateboard. I don't think I've even ever touched one. But the Big Dude Upstairs works in mysterious ways, the most mysterious being that the Big Dude Upstairs doesn't exist.
I simply feel like longboarding is the next step in my spiritual, philosophical, and mystical evolution. Which surprises me, since I have no idea what that path looks like, or if it leads anywhere.
Skateboarders don't worry about such niceties.
As noted in this post, I emailed the dudes at Salem's Exit Real World skateboard/snowboard shop (great name), asking if I was crazy to be considering jumping into skateboarding at my social-security-eligible age.
What makes me think skateboarding is for me is part of the reply I got:
I've been in the skateboard industry for the past 10 years and have seen all shapes, sizes, and ages skateboarding. That's the good part, there aren't any rules for skateboarding. I think that plays a big part in the popularity of skateboarding.
No rules. Excellent! Quoting myself, a favorite activity:
It comes down to my basic rule for living: there are no rules. Including that one. Life is a mystery. Dive into it however, wherever, whenever you feel like it; swim around; explore; it'll still be a mystery.
I don't know if I'll end up getting a longboard. But if I do, my dream is to dance on it with a semblance of the style below. Isn't this how the road of life should be travelled on?