We all have that one thing we’ve always wanted to try.
Or that thing we tried but failed miserably at so we quit.
On my last visit with my 16-year-old brother, Matt, I decided to have him teach me how to skateboard. With a roll of the eyes and a smirk, he agreed.
I’ve tried to skateboard when I was kid. It just didn’t work out. Surely, I could try again and do so without failing.
The way I looked at it was, if my 6-year-old and my 16-year-old brothers could skateboard so could I. Besides it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and it definitely bridges the age gap between us.
Here are a few pictures to prove that this time I could actually stay on the board.
OK, maybe not.
The first thing I learned was picking the right board and proper shoes were important. As you will see below I wore flip flops. Bad decision. Even if you don’t want to drive all the way back home for proper shoes, do so.
Here Matt is teaching me about feet placement. See younger siblings can teach you something!
He tells me how to have balance and how to turn. Well, I sort of got the balance thing down. (Does that count?)
Here goes nothing! Shortly after I stepped on and thought I had the board secured, it ran away from me and I fell. Good thing it wasn’t in a skate park or public view or else I would have heard a lot more laughter than what I heard from my brother.
FINALLY! I finally did it. I was as shocked as my younger brother. See you do fail sometimes before you’re great at something. Needless to say, I will be practicing… in proper shoes.
Shauna Brayman, 22, is a University of Nebraska at Omaha student interning for momaha this summer.
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