Two weeks ago I tried my first downhill longboarding race. I got the second best ladies qualifying time, and then in the finals heat, I fell hard at the starting line. No chance to recover. Falling has been a part of my art since I started on this illustration path. I love making my characters face the moments when you don't succeed and you don't meet your own expectations. I must have needed an exercise in empathy and a reminder that it feels good to laugh at yourself. So here's to being good at falling. It's a life skill.