I am clumsy and unathletic
. Most people who are unathletic are so because
they're clumsy, so let's conflate these things for convenience.Why
are you clumsy? Do you have a poor sense of balance? Do you have poor hand-eye coordination? I have both of those things, my inner ear has since birth
been a little wonky, and so my balance is off; my hand-eye coordination never developed well because I couldn't do things to develop it without losing my balance... we didn't have video games back then. As a result, I'll never play baseball, or dance ballet, or ride a skateboard.
Conclusion: if it's your inner ear that's the root of your clumsiness, there's absolutely fuck-all you can do about it. So you have to simply accept it as a condition of living, like sweating and shitting.
I would be afraid to fall if I got on a skateboard.
Well, of course you are, that's a perfectly rational fear. You've already established that you're clumsy, falling off is a foregone conclusion. Only an idiot would put himself in a position to fall down. Furthermore, the people you see skateboarding brilliantly have fallen off so many times that they lost count. They willingly courted injury, willingly sacrificed their bones, in order to master a skill with no practical value.
Conclusion: you're not afraid, you're sensible.
I remember how most men aren't dominated by the fear I have.
How do you know that? It's fatal to judge your insides by other people's outsides. Most people do
actually experience fear pretty much every day. But the definition of courage is not the absence of fear (absence of fear is a sign of psychopathy; all thinking
humans feel fear) but pushing through and doing the thing anyway. However, to push through and do the thing requires a reward
; some people (like skaters and bunjee-jumpers) are rewarded by the endorphin rush of doing something dangerous, but the rest of us require something a little more tangible. So, is the thing you're afraid of doing really worth
doing? Will it make your life better? Will it make you happier? Will it win you cash and prizes?
Conclusion: So you can't ride a skateboard. Big deal.
I can't ride a skateboard because I have poor balance. I can't do anything about that, and there's no good reason to do anything about it, so I'll just content myself watching others do it.