I grew up skateboarding and more than anything else it taught me self-empowerment.

When I wanted to play I didn’t need to find others to form a team, I could skate by myself. I didn’t need a court or a field… America’s love of concrete gave birth to an endless canvas to skate. I could also make use of empty pools or make my own ramps. When my board broke I could fix it easily.

Growing up my dad taught me a ton… so did my skateboard.

That is why I love this video.

The idea of exporting skateboarding to the middle east makes me smile. The idea of empowering girls to skate in places like Afganistan… makes my day.

With all the turmoil in the middle east… here is a flower.

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