This is What Tony Hawk Video Games Taught Me About Life

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was one of my first video games for my Nintendo 64 back in the early 2000s. The game let the player be the skater. The games kept coming, each new version with a bit more features than the last and with original storylines of “making it” as a legit professional skateboarder.

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There is one major life lesson I learned by playing all of these Tony Hawk skating video games:

When you don’t know what you’re doing, you just have to jump into the air and try different things until you figure something out.

Literally, this was my method for every game until I figured out what each button did separately. But in all seriousness, this is good life advice.

Most of us have no clue what we’re doing – in careers, relationships, or life in general. Many make the mistake of trying to “fake it” and pretend to know what’s going on and others are too afraid to ever step outside of their normal bubble.

Instead, how about trying to live life like a Tony Hawk Pro Skater game? Go out and screw things up, try something new and completely suck at it, or attempt everything in sight until an activity clicks with your soul.

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The more you go up in the air and experiment with buttons, the more you’ll learn and grow as a person. Or in life terms – the more leaps of faith you take, the more your skills and experiences will augment your soul.

You’ll never know what your true passion is until you experiment with all kinds of pursuits. In the end, there’s going to be that one or those few moves in life that just feel so perfect. Those moments when you think to yourself, “This is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing.”

That’s what Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater taught me – try out everything and eventually something is going to make sense.

On a musical note, THPS also accustomed me to a lot of old punk music. I still love punk music, twenty years after this video game. Thanks, THPS.

Thanks for reading this post. I hope you go out and press all the buttons there are to be pushed on your heart – because then, maybe you’ll find where you’re supposed to be.

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