I reflect on Until the Wheels Come Off over at Christ and Pop Culture.
“Rodney Mullen showed up as a lifeline to free Hawk. Mullen came in with his philosophical wisdom, this time quoting Nietzsche: “You make it up to the top of the mountain and what’s left for me but lightning.” Achievement could be just as disorientating as failure. Mullen also wrestled with his success in the freestyle world, so he advised Hawk to take chances at events and embrace the freedom of not winning. It liberated Mullen, so maybe it would help Hawk. According to Mullen, “Detachment is freedom. You can breathe. We skate with our hearts. It has its own feeling.”