The Joy of Struggle

Posted in 2010 New Zealand / Australia Skate.

It’s funny. When I first explained to people what I would be participating in this year, the majority of them were skeptical at best. Some outright ignored me when I presented the idea of going with the S4C team to skate across New Zealand and then Australia. Upon arrival to NZ, the locals essentially dismissed the possibility based on the road conditions and frequency of mountains. My Mom was especially stressed with the idea of trucks hitting us and serial killers being magnetically drawn to wherever we slept.

The criticisms were vast, the practical suggestions even more abundant. Doubt was tangible, an energy that was omnipresent and unwavering. This couldn’t be done. And if it could, it certainly shouldn’t be done.

Fast-forward two weeks (this is where it gets funny). Fourteen days into the skate and the only e-mails we get are positive. The calls we receive force us to hold phones away from our ears as the stoked callers blast out encouragement. Doubt is no longer a thing. It has been replaced with certainty.

One of the things we do here with Skate4Cancer is try to assure people. Sure some ideas require struggle, sometimes to the point where their success seems almost unimaginable. But those are the things that must be pursued with that much more vigour. We have to be relentless; we have to expand the notion of what can be done.

The energy it takes to skateboard across a country, or two, or even four is massive. Most wouldn’t want to even if they could overcome their cynicism. But if someone champs through it, they prove the possibility of accomplishment. And as soon as that precedent is set a floodgate is opened through which endless achievement can rush with white-water intensity.

Cancer can’t be cured? Really? We beg to differ, because we know that anything can be done with enough commitment to absurdity. Listen. If you get stupid and try doing the impossible, what’s the worst that can happen? Even sweeter, what’s the best that can happen?

Hopefully your goals are achieved, but the true success is in the means, the struggle. And if anyone tells you different, let their pessimism fuel you. As Cartel wisely put it: They say we’re wasting our lives. But at least we know that if we die, we lived with passion.

Burn bright.

Daniel + The S4C Team




Challenge: 1 in 8 women contract breast cancer in their lifetime. Show this Self-Breast Examination instructional pamphlet to 8 women you know, and you might just lower that statistic.


Photos from the week:
(we’re planning on implementing a better way of displaying these photos so expect improvements on Friday!)

Photograph by Daniel Tal (above)

Photograph by Daniel Tal (above)

Photograph by James Borg (above)

Photography by The New BEAT (unless noted otherwise)

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