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Living The Dream via Skateboard

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I always used to dream of traveling, it’s been something of a life long goal (/obsession) of mine. Even as a spritely youth, I would sit and conjure up elaborate thoughts of touring the world in a band, even though, at the time, I didn’t know how to play a musical instrument. Alluring conceptualizations of journeys through the underworld of the globe, soaking in all of my wildest fantasies and delights. Experiencing all the awe inspiring facets and features this great wide world has to bare, and all while practicing my art form, my means of self expression. You see, I couldn’t just “travel” to these places. Seeing them for the sake of seeing them felt like I cheated myself in some way. Like I subtracted from the experience by just being some kind of intercontinental voyeur. There needed to be some ulterior reason for being there. The reward of seeing the world had to come as a result of my endeavors of self expression. Leaving my mark, a skill or trade, something to barter in return for the thrills of the experience. It was something I had established with myself very early on.

I’ve used photos from my recent skateboard adventure to Berlin as visual examples of the dream being lived.

Los Angeles to Berlin, into the future we go!

Los Angeles to Berlin, into the future we go!

The bird, Berlin bound.

The bird, Berlin bound.

Crossing the pond.

Crossing the pond.

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Thinking real “big picture” about it now, it took me roughly twelve years to figure out. I had been skateboarding and I had been playing with music, all the while working my way through the curricular system in America. I had things I genuinely enjoyed doing, but still feeling disconnected from these passions, I blindly pushed my way through college. It wasn’t until college however, that I actually began to take my passions more seriously. Traveling had been a dream, yes, but I needed to find a vehicle or means to support that dream.  Skateboarding had always been there for me. It felt like something natural, something that wasn’t necessarily a skill or talent, or anything for that matter. Skateboarding always felt like it just was. I didn’t need to impress anyone while doing it, it was just me and the board. I wasn’t skating to get sponsored, I didn’t start because I thought of it as anything more then just something I did on my own. If there was one thing I learned in college, it was that you must begin to recognize the things you do for only you. My underlying dream had always been to travel, but my passions had always taken me down the road less traveled. The most important thing I learned was to recognize the fact that I myself have never been complacent with traveling down the beaten path in life, and moreover, that it was okay that I was this way. Joy and pleasure for me have always come from nurturing the things I’m ardent about rather than conjure up some secondary means to sustain them. The real “ahah” moment for me arrived when I learned to accept the fact that I may never be a rich man, but I will always be a happy one just as long as I followed what it was that I loved to do.

So I climbed into a big flying tube, and then all of a sudden, Berlin!

So I climbed into a big flying tube, and then all of a sudden, Berlin!

The French arrived in true style. Shag van bumpin' Die Antwoord on the low low. "Get In! "

The French arrived in true style. Shag van bumpin’ Die Antwoord on the low low. “Get In! “

Tunneling with team Loaded France.

Tunneling with team Loaded France.

The Berlin Wall.

The Berlin Wall.

Exploring the back streets of Berlin.

Exploring the back streets.

Touristing.

Touristing.

Frankie Sommer runs a proper shop in Berlin. Just gear, no hype. Be on with that.

Frankie Sommer runs a proper shop in Berlin. Just gear, no hype. Be on with that.

Longboarding.de

Longboardz.de

Gettin' up.

Gettin’ up.

Founder of Trap clothing, and fellow party animal, Richie Loffler.

Founder of Trap clothing, and fellow party animal, Richie Loffler.

Loaded's Pablo Castro posing for Anne.

Loaded’s Pablo Castro posing with Anne.

The Loaded top brass, arriving at Bread & Butter.

The Loaded top brass, arriving at Bread & Butter.

Pretty self explanatory...

Pretty self explanatory…

Riding the rails.

Riding the rails.

Berghain street art.

Berghain street art.

The greatest party you could never imagine.

The greatest party you could never imagine.

One of the most incredible places I've ever been... Behold, Katerholzig.

One of the most incredible places I’ve ever been… Behold, Katerholzig.

The underbelly of an east Berlin factory, mega supreme dance party from Friday until Monday.

The underbelly of an east Berlin factory, mega supreme dance party.

The people of Berlin never stop partying, real.

The people of Berlin never stop partying.

My last evening in Berlin was spent touring the best of Berghain, aka the club scene.

My last evening in Berlin was spent touring the best of Berghain with Richie.

So I fell in love with skateboarding like I hadn’t before. I made it my life, my means to take me wherever I wanted to go. I applied what I had been studying in college towards my passion, I found ways to connect my love of the board to my skills as a photographer and a writer. I concocted a way to connect all of the things I had been doing together so that work benefited skateboarding, and skateboarding benefited work. I had created this symbiotic habitat, that, though small, still managed to bear fruits from the labor. I just recently got back from Berlin. I had never been there before, but I always wanted to go. And just like that, the dream had been realized. The little world I had created for myself just paid me back, got me to where I wanted to go, helped me realize the dream. So you see, living the dream isn’t as hard as one may think. You just have to be clever about working what you love into the folds of what you do. Like kneading flour into dough, you have to be persistent, and constant. These dreams are out there, you just need to will them on to grow into reality.

We saw sunrise more then sunset. Dancing in the street at 7am.

We saw sunrise more then sunset. Dancing in the street at 7am, living it.

Thanks for reading, now get out there and realize your dreams.

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