Overcoming the Fear of Injury so You Can Try New Things

In the interest of finding more reasons to get outside and off of my phone, I recently decided to pick up some new hobbies... skateboarding & rollerskating. When I moved to Hawai'i, I learned to surf, which I love deeply, but I figured it's good to have some land activities for when it's flat.

I ordered some rollerskates back in January, inspired by all the groovy skaters I've seen on instagram/tiktok. However, due to the overwhelming demand for skates at the moment, they haven't arrived yet. In the meantime, I decided to take a shot at skateboarding.

I never learned how to ride a skateboard as a kid but I'd always wanted to. I remember my uncle trying to teach me once when I was about 18 years old. I fell really hard and hurt my coccyx (tailbone). It wasn't until 2020 & with my boyfriend's help, that I decided to attempt it again.

When I started looking into rollerskates, I was looking up blog posts to see which brand to invest in. I noticed people in the comment section saying things like "rollerskating is a sure fire way to end up in the ER!" and it got me thinking about something my massage teacher would tell us in school...

She said that she would never tell someone to stop doing something they love, just because it was causing them injury. If that person gets joy and fulfillment out of something, who are we to tell them to stop? Instead, we can help them with their symptoms so that they can continue doing what they love!

And I think those commenters could really learn something from that!

There are MILLIONS of ways to end up in the ER. Even ways that don't involve rolling over hard concrete! And if you live your life in fear of what might happen, you'll hold yourself back from so many magical moments.

I know that I'm going to fall when learning how to skate. I know that it's going to hurt. I'm not going to let that hold me back but that doesn't mean I'm not going to be prepared! All I can do is take the proper precautions (protective gear) and take it slowly.

"Prepare for the worst, hope for the best" my dad says.

And that's the attitude I'm trying to approach these new hobbies with! And as this video below shows, it's worth it. The first time we bombed this hill, I was so afraid I wouldn't even let go of my boyfriend's hand. After practicing on a few different occasions, I was able to do it by myself and I was so stoked!!!

I wasn't going to let the fear of hurting myself hold me back from a special moment like this one... and you shouldn't either!

Go out & try that thing that's been in the back of your mind. Whether it's surfing, jiu jitsu, freediving, horseriding or anything else... I encourage you to go for it! You might just stumble upon your new favorite hobby & source of joy.

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