In-line skating is for me one of the best stress-relievers I know of. Skating is smooth, rhythmic and somehow meditative. It requires some attention and coordination, but before you know it, it just seems to flow effortlessly. And whatever you were concerned about before you started, seems to diminish in importance. Solutions become more clear, problems lose their power, and the world becomes more beautiful again. Throw in a few good friends and may be a visit to a trail-side patio, and it’s nothing short of a small vacation.