A new drop-top used to be the earmark of a midlife crisis situation, now it might be skateboarding. New research is recommending skateboarding for Gen Xers in their 40s and 50s who are struggling with depression, battling substance abuse, or just want to boost their mood. If you’re going to try it out, don’t do anything too crazy until you get comfortable.  Always wear safety gear, like helmets and knee pads. Skateboarding has much to do with self-expression and how it celebrates failure as you learn. It can bring on “spiritual meaning” by providing self-expression, which is something that often takes a back seat for adults and parents.  Skateboarding celebrates failure like falling as part of your growth.  This might help adults loosen up and enjoy the ride, unlike other sports and forms of exercise. You don’t need to be good at it, just willing to fall and get back up.