dear Paul, two broken ankles both at different times, how unlucky can that be, not only does it incapacitate you, but also a lonely period where you can't do much at all.
When I had a hip operation three different times due to a vehicle accident, it does get monotonous, all the physio, and all the check ups, unable to do anything, it does drive you crazy, and the lack of support from your 'friends' is disappointing.
It's the same when you are depressed they all fly the coup and make no contact with you, 'I won't go and see Geoff because he might want me to do some things for him, and I DON'T HAVE THE TIME'.
That's their thoughts, rather self-fish, uncaring, and really they don't give a st----f about how we feel, 'it's just something else that we know we should do, but I have to go and buy that dvd I always wanted'.
Your passion is skateboarding, that's your hobby, and that's something that you always loved to do, I won't accept that it is pathetic, it's far from this.
What is pathetic is the lack of support that your 'mates' didn't give you, and it seems to be a general trend these days, and many people have commented on their 'friends' just lacking any communication, and not wanting to help those in need trouble, either physically or mentally.
What you could do is to ring 'web chat', where you are able to talk to someone, and remember they can't see you and vice-versa, and if you are able to talk about all of this on this chat line, as well as posting your reply on this site, the more you are able to do this your confidence will strengthen, it may take awhile, but hey you have posted this, and slowly it will improve, so now please don't leave us.
I am very interested about your depression, so when you are able or want to please tell us a bit more about yourself. Am I being too nosey. Geoff.