This is Olivia’s second day on a board. Her son, for his birthday, wished for her to learn to skate so they could skate together
Favorite thing about skating: “Going fast and the feeling of flying. Or rather, I’m looking forward to those things. You’ve gotta do new things or you become boring. I had thought about wanting to skate, but I didn’t do it. Then I missed the window when people are trying new, risky sports. That all happened in college.” .
Why the gender disparity? “Culturally, I don’t think it comes up (for women to skate). My son wanted to skate because his male peers wanted to skate. I think of skaters as a little rough. I might not have thought to bring my 7 year old daughter here. But now that I’m here, it’s really kind and welcoming.” .
One thing Olivia does not like is getting talked down to by men at shops. Just because we are women, don’t assume we don’t know something. Just because we have one question about one thing, don’t assume we don’t know lots of stuff about other things. Treat us like you would another man, and we’ll be good.
take your time. do things right.
love as much as you can, as often as you can.
radiate vibrance, speak words of truth, live with joy.
inspire others. share ideas. live in peace. create your art.
be who you want to be, not who someone else thinks thinks you should be.
make others happy. if you breathe just a little, you’ll see everything is just fine.