In my 51 years of existence on this earth, I have come to learn that life can be unpredictable, and it has a way of throwing you off-balance unexpectedly. It is full of highs and lows, and while some people experience more of one than the other, we must always prepare for both the good and the bad. We should never challenge fate or question the authority of God when things don’t go as planned.

I used to skateboard when I was younger, but I never pursued it professionally, nor did I have any intentions of doing so.

However, like any other sport, practice makes perfect, and skateboarding taught me some valuable life lessons. The environments we skateboard in are a reflection of our daily lives, and we encounter various challenges along the way. Some are tougher than others, and many of them can cause us to fall hard on the asphalt or concrete. Despite the broken bones and bruised skin, skateboarders never give up and are always seeking new challenges.

Skateboarders are not always conventionally good-looking, but if given the chance, many of us would not trade our scars for anything. These scars remind us of both the good and bad times we have experienced in life. We could choose to hide them with makeup and other cosmetics, but for us, wearing our scars proudly is a badge of honor.

Becoming a top-tier 3D animator requires the same level of persistence, commitment, and consistency as mastering skateboarding. Although the learning curve for 3D animation may be steeper, in order to improve your skills and truly master the art, you must become comfortable with the tools at your disposal and be willing to continuously learn from your mistakes.

Much like skateboarding, the path to success in 3D animation is fraught with falls and broken bones. However, it is through these setbacks that we learn and grow. It takes time and effort to become proficient in 3D animation, but with dedication and a willingness to push yourself beyond your limits, you can achieve greatness in this exciting field.

In the following video, I share why skateboarders do what they do and how, after a hiatus of 25 years, I have come to appreciate my scars once again.

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