@a_onekatie Thank you for writing this Katie. I am hear to confess my wrong doing. I have literally put a "few thousand" miles on my boards and I've been stupid lucky nothing has happened to me. I'm 49 years old, ride better, carve harder, hit faster than anyone I've seen (on youtube or elsewhere) . But If I was not stupid lucky which is rare or my reflexes were off just ONE DAY OR TIME. Well I probably wouldn't be around to write this or tell you how important this is.
As you advance in skill you'll notice more and more people will watch you and cheer you or even follow you around getting the nerve to ask you questions or whatever. Sounds cool. Well, it is but if your seriously hurt you may never get that far to experience that feeling 😔.
That would be a shame.
Protect yourself, always, so you can get to see your true FULL POTENTIAL. ✌️👍
Katie couldn't be more accurate. I should and WILL be setting an example now instead of thinking how a helmet might look on me. Stupid stupid stupid and yes, careless. I now know I did not look cool but a fool. I actually have a helmet but don't wear it. Dumb! Meanwhile I'm confessing to you all (and this is for me too as reminder) that I will wear a helmet (even the crappy one I don't care for starting now.
Anyone who has seen me in MBeach area and Torrence area, I apologize for not thinking to be example and to any kids reading this. Don't ever skate,ride or actively do anything where you know you are SUPPOSE to wear protective gear and you don't. There is a reason for it otherwise football players, hockey players, proffesional skaters and "OneWheelers" wear gear. Because someone like Katie took notice and followed logic to have protection on where it's needed. All preventing what could be something you may never be able to walk away from after just ONE wrong slip, slide or something that is unexpected like a driver of a vehicle doesn't look or see you.
If your a kid who's talking a scaped you hand, let or arm on gritty pavement, ... remember that pain? Imagine now if you had that SAME FALL but where you got hurt before you had a pad or helmet on spot you hurt yourself. Now you understand and you'll wear gear so if you have an accidental fall ever again chances are instead of crying in pain and missing out on joining your friends for weeks or longer, you may be able to get right up from that and keep riding with your friends. Much better than being stuck in bed in crying pain while they are off having fun without you.