This week we were to complete one of the provided video assignments so, I chose to complete the video assignment titled “My Favorite Thing To Do”. For this assignment I was to video myself doing my favorite hobby and describe what I am doing in the video and why this hobby is my favorite thing to do in my spare time. So, I videoed myself skating. However, skating is much more than a hobby to me, it is more of a lifestyle. I practice and complete work out and stretching sessions daily. I began skating at about seven years old. I love the challenges it provides, as well as the ability to feel like I am “flying”. Because of skating, I have been very fortunate and have had the opportunity to not only travel to many different areas in the U.S. but around the world as well. I have been able to make many friends and meet people that share the love of the sport. But, of course it is just like any sport and there can be many frustrations, like days when your body just can’t seem to do anything right. However, I feel that moments such as these (among others) have taught me that perseverance and determination are key characteristics that not only can be applied to skating but also to life in general. Skating has taught me many life lessons but, I feel the most important lesson it has taught me is to never give up. No matter what you are going through, no matter what people say, you must not give up and you must continue to strive through the ups and downs to accomplish your goals and become the best athlete and person you can be. I used Windows Movie Maker to create this video of a mashup of some of my skating clips.