Skateboading: My Escape Essay

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Recently I wrote a journal responding to “Tortillas,” by Jose Antonio Burciaga, that describes the importance of tortillas to Burciaga’s culture and how his experiences with tortillas have made him who he is today. Relating to Buciaga’s article, I also have a particular story that has helped shape the person I am today.
When I was younger I would always go over to my cousin’s house every weekend, and while I was there I would play with his skateboard. Every weekend I would make an attempt to ride it. Later, my parents bought me my own. For the past six years, skateboarding has been part of my life. Although I have had both positive and negative experiences, the positive outweighs ...view middle of the document...

In skateboarding there are no rules nor boundaries. This allows the possibilities to be endless without any pressure to win or lose. Unlike other sports where the constant pressure to win is constantly in my mind. Although pressure can motivate, it can also cause stress leading to poor performance. With skateboarding I am completely free.
At Mayfair I hear sounds of skateboards popping following by a pause. Then the sound of urethane wheels rolling away smoothly. Instantly after, I hear praises such as high-fives and applauses after tricks are landed. Down the street I hear the ice cream man ringing his bells alerting everyone that he is around. I hear echos of boards hitting the red concrete floor as tricks do not go as planned. The joyful sounds of metal-on-metal grinding smoothly down handrails are like music to my ears. Often barbecue fills the air on the weekends causing my stomach to grumble. Surrounding the park is a colorful garden full of life that gives off a fresh aroma year around. Occasionally, the smell of wet dirt lingers around as plants are being watered by the sprinklers. Instantly reminding me of one of the most relaxing places I have even visited, Durango, Mexico. Everything is dirt with no concrete road nor sidewalks, and when it rains for the first time it leaves an amazing scent that is ineffable.
Mayfair is like my second home. It is my peaceful place to go to. After a long day at school or work I enjoy coming to Mayfair Skatepark to relax and enjoy what I love, skateboarding. Skateboarding at Mayfair allows me to de-stress myself by giving me a sense of calmness. Also, it allows me to obtain some physical exercise which is a huge health benefit. The social environment at Mayfair is one of the main reasons why I feel so comfortable when I am there. At Mayfair everyone is different in the ways such as ethnicity, age, etc., yet we all skate together as if we are all best friends. When I am there I feel as if I am part of a community surrounded by positive attitudes.
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