There’s a rap artist named Lupe Fiasco who recorded a song a few years ago called ‘Kick, Push’.
The song takes you through the life experience of a kid who gets a skateboard, learns to ride it, gets run off of properties, and meets a girl and fellow skateboard friends (who get kicked off the properties along with him).
I love the choice of words that describe the three skateboarding basic moves, and the adaptability of the story.
This may seem like a stretch, but stick with me… my mind honestly goes here every time I hear the song.
(You can find the actual lyrics here and the video for the song here. For the sake of the non-hip-hop listeners, here’s some of the lyrics in proper English.)
“First got it when he was six.
He didn’t know any tricks, as a matter of fact, the first time he got on, it he slipped.
He landed on his hip and busted his lip. For a week he had to talk with a lisp.
We could end the story right here, but he didn’t quit.
Kick, push, kick, push, kick, push, coast.”
The kick in skateboarding is where your momentum begins. Similar to kick starting or beginning anything in life- you kick it off. The kick can be scary and you may fall. However, you don’t quit there.
“I’m sorry young man there’s no skating here” Just a rebel to the world with no place to go.
My man got a little older, became a better roller. Got a little more swagger in his style.
Before he knew it, he had a crew who weren’t punks. They would Push, till they couldn’t skate anymore. Office building lobbies weren’t safe anymore. Kick, push, kick, push, kick, push, coast. “
The push doesn’t necessarily make the process easier, but it is the next and necessary step to maintain or even regain your momentum.
Just as the wheels slow and will stop if you don’t push while skateboarding, so too will your momentum in anything you’re attempting.
This however, is the part where you find your tribe. You bring people onto your team to go through the journey with you, share the load, and work together.
“And it wasn’t like they weren’t getting chased anymore, just the freedom is better than breathing they said.
When things got crazy they needed to break out they’d head to any place with stairs, any good grinds the world was theirs.”
Finally, the moments when you simply glide.
The coast is where all the work pays off; you are in balance, everything is going your way and you get to enjoy your efforts.
We all know that it doesn’t last, (especially when it comes to skateboarding), but… enjoy it while it does. Use the time to recover, and prepare to kick and push again.