Can you teach an old dog new tricks?

If you read my blog last week, you’ll know that I was toying with the idea of getting a skateboard. I haven’t been on a skateboard since I was a kid. I used to have a really good one, and I absolutely loved it. I was good at it, too.

My skateboarding days came to an end when my skateboard went missing, and it was found in a hedge with the wheels missing in a hedge around the corner from where I lived. I never stepped on a skateboard again.

That was until last week. I went up to a lovely little shop in Haverfordwest, and told them what is was that I was looking for, and that I’ve not been on a skateboard for an extremely long time! They advised me on getting a longboard – something that I wasn’t familiar with, so I did a bit of research. As the name suggests, it’s longer than your regular skateboard, and heavier. It’s got bigger wheels, and is more accustomed to skating on roads, rather than at a skate park where you can do tricks.

So, I took their advice, and picked up a gorgeous Long Island skateboard, along with a helmet (because I know how clumsy I can be). I couldn’t wait to try it out, and eagerly awaited the next day so I could try it out.

I was a little disappointed to find that not only was I useless, I didn’t really know what leg I wanted to stand on the board with. I realised after a while that I skate with my right foot forward on the board, and my left does the pushing, which is called skating ‘goofy’. I didn’t realise this straight away, so when I decided it was time to jump on the board, I put my helmet on (safety first) and tried to skate regular, and I could barely keep my balance. I decided to pick the skateboard up, take my helmet off, and walk to my destination instead.

I completely backed out of even trying to skate, and left it until another day.

Now, I know I’m rubbish. So I decided to go somewhere quiet so I could practise. Of course, I fell off, and stupidly, I was wearing cut out jeans, so my knees weren’t best pleased with me.

I sought the help of my better half, who is much more knowledgeable in the skateboarding department than I am. He’s been helping me find my balance, and showing me the way I’m supposed to stand on the board to maintain my balance, too. He’s been a very helpful lad!

I do still wonder if I’m too old to be learning all over again how to use a skateboard, and if now that, because I’m a mum, I should be thinking about being a bit more grown up, but after just a week of skateboarding, I can feel that I’m getting better, and hopefully it won’t be long before it becomes easy, and I won’t be scared about falling over and hurting myself.

Maybe, just maybe, you can teach an old dog new tricks! Not that I’m old or anything, of course …

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