I love the idea that you do not have to be good at your hobbies in order to enjoy them.

There’s something so rewarding about being a beginner at something and significantly getting better at it every time you do it.

As I (someone who learned to skateboard in college), sat on a street curb two sunsets ago alongside my two friends who grew up skateboarding, I was struck by the fact that even though I wasn’t going for the sketchiest tricks or landing tre flips like Finn, if you told 15-year-old me that he was going to spend evenings in college skating with his friends, he would’ve been overjoyed.

Have a Bright Spot to share? Send it to Managing Editor Julia Lerner (lernerj@denison.edu). Tell us about the moment that made you smile in under 200 words, and try to include a photograph. We’ll add it to our growing list of Bright Spots on TheReportingProject.org!