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is this your reality?

i have been recalling a powerful sentence from a friend as of late… is this your reality? he asked me while we were sitting around looking at skate magazines… it wasn’t any magazine in particular… it wasn’t what the magazine was promoting or an article in the mag… the comment/question he asked me was more geared toward, “why are you looking at this?” i stumbled over my words to find an answer for him, but what i came up with was, “no, this isn’t my reality…” i did not know why i looked through these magazines… i mean, they are cool and have some amazing tricks and photos… but was it my reality? no.

since i was a little skate rat, i have looked through magazines… knowing every skater, their stance, the proper names of tricks, etc. was always important to me… seeing the newest tricks and spots was exciting… living in the suburbs in the midwest, flipping through SLAP or Transworld was my only connection to the skateboarding industry and what was “going on”… skate videos obviously helped mold our trick selection as well, but those magazines were a monthly update of what was going down…

this all changed for me in an instant… my friend challenged my perspective and respectfully… he asked me if this is what i believe is real… i was always certain that it was until this moment… i realized that i haven’t met any of these people in the magazine… i realized i had never been to any of these spots… put it this way, my reality had been altered… it was a unique feeling… everything that i believed was close to me, in reality, was more than distant…

i discontinued my subscriptions to all magazines soon after…

i try to keep this question in the front of my mind always… especially with noLove… the people that understand what noLove stands for are the focus… i don’t want everyone to know what we are doing… it doesn’t matter… i want people that skateboard and understand skateboarding in it purest form to be a part of noLove… i want to have a personal connection with the people that know about noLove… that’s reality to me… face to face… person to person… living in the moment… being conscious and present…

is that too much to ask?

create your own reality… don’t live in someone else’s…

peace and noLove…

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