If you’ve owned a video game system over the last decade, there’s a good chance you’ve spent a significant amount of time playing at least one of the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater games. Even if you have about as much balance and dexterity as a senior citizen with vertigo, the Pro Skater franchise allowed you to grab the sickest air and grind the longest rails with the best of them. We learned much more than how to pull off sick combos and the spelling of S-K-A-T-E from Tony Hawk. It turns out there were real life lessons being offered in between the gathering of spray paint cans and subway tokens.

Even though many of you have left behind Pro Skater for jobs, women, and the Call of Duty franchise, these games still hold a spot in many of our hearts. In many ways, these games made us who we are today. Let’s honor those hours spent on the virtual half-pipe with these Life Lessons We Learned from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.

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