LAST WEEK, I skateboarded for the first time in about 12 years. My town just opened up a brand new skatepark and I’ve been dying to try it out for months. I grew up skating in the 80s; I stopped when I was 16 or so, then picked it up again for a short time in my mid-20s. It’s something that has never left me, and I don’t think it will.

I’m 38 and am a little self-conscious, because sometimes I feel like this is something for the kids. But I’m slowly getting over that and just having fun doing it again.

When I see the Bones Brigade (my childhood heroes) still going, I get inspired. This, however, inspires me even more.

Meet Italo Romano. He lost his legs as a teenager in a train accident. But that hasn’t stopped him from becoming a pro skateboarder.

Think I’ll go hit the park.