Fuel for the rivets and pivots that define your minutes

May 27, 2022

Neon pink, yellow, green wheels the size of a tennis ball blast through the heat waves on the fresh black asphalt.

Summer is in full swing in the concrete jungle. Trees like green cumulus clouds surround the six-story apartment buildings bathing in the sunlight while kids run on lush grass skipping through sprinklers laughing as they go.

There’s a mob gathered around a big wooden ramp on the sidewalk next to the parking lot.

Metal trucks attached to plywood boards grind on concrete curb leaving sparks and chips of silver flying in the air.

Airwalks skid up the deck on the sandpaper grip taking the skateboard airborne as the pilot flips it around and lands back on the board.

Someone’s got their knee bleeding, another does a neat roll on the concrete as his skateboard shoots out from underneath him in the opposite direction.

My blue eyes are frozen in time, mesmerized by these rebels and their wheeled rockets from hell, leaving everything else in a blur.

Skulls, tigers, skeletons, snakes and devils capture my attention and suck me into their world.

I yank my dad’s arm and bounce up and down like a jackhammer on speed. “Dad, dad, ask him if I can try it out!”

The coolest kid sporting a denim jacket, a bandana and bleached hair drops down this massive 10-foot tall plywood ramp and flies by us. When he comes back around my dad waves him over to have him show off his skateboard. 

He lets me hold it. My hands shake and I can barely contain myself. I slide my hand over the black sandpaper grip and the rough surface leaves my fingertips feeling raw and alive. The blue snake painted on the board comes alive and hypnotizes my 5-year-old eyes like Kaa the boa snake from the Jungle Book.

I am spellbound for life.

I went on to take an unconventional path and become a professional snowboarder. From there on I channeled my creativity to become a concept designer for Hollywood movies and then turned into a mental coach for athletes and entrepreneurs. Now I design applications, software, websites and brands for start-ups and corporations.

Backtracking the pivotal moments that have defined the direction in your life can serve as clues for your next big move. 

Thread the path that fits your mold.

A black and white photo of the author Jussi's smiling face with shortcut hair and a short beardJussi Tarvainen

Former pro snowboarder. Author at night. Multi(failed)-entrepreneur. And mostly an awesome designer (said, my five-year-old son).

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