Tuesday, October 7, 2014

3 Life Skills Snow Skiing Has Taught Me

Fall showed up where we live this last Saturday.  It was heavenly.  Most people know that I love cold weather.  Cooler weather means we’re getting closer to winter which equals SNOW. 

Soon we’ll be heading out west to ski.

Some ski bunnies in their natural habitat.
Alta, Utah ~ January 2014

Amy, Anna Lee (me), Avery and Sarabeth

Being out in the snow, on a ski lift is one of my favorite places to be.  That 3 to 4 minute ride is one of rest and excitement.  If I had a choice I’d choose a blue bird day.  That’s a day of fresh powder with tons of sunshine.   

Which leads me to the topic for this Tuesday...

3 Life Skills Snow Skiing Has Taught Me

Don’t stop – just go.  While this may seem totally obvious, when you’re standing at the top of a steep edge the temptation to freeze is pretty compelling (not that this has ever happened to me).  Waiting there and staring down hill can pretty much ruin your experience.  Fact is there is only one way down.  Contemplating turns is only putting off the inevitable.  Just go.  You may not look too graceful on the way down but at least you tried.  I’ve had my fair share of yard sales (aka - a wipe out where you lose all your gear as you slide down).  I’ve carried this over to my everyday life.When I try something new I allow myself some space to crash and burn.

Lately I’m learning a lot and taking more risks than ever.  Many times I’ve had to look myself in the mirror and say, “Don’t stop, keep going!’. 

Stay loose so when you fall it won’t hurt as bad.  Notice I said, “… when you fall” because you will fall.  If you aren’t falling then you need to be skiing harder terrain.  So whether you’re skiing powder or corduroy you need to be flexible.  If you aren’t, you will use more energy and be more prone to injury.  This is true of pretty much everything in life.  Let go of your expectations and surrender to what you can’t control. 

Loosening up is something I have really been trying to work on over the last few years, both physically and emotionally.  I believe I’m making progress.  Well sorta – I still have the tightest hamstrings on earth. 

Stay with your buddy when tree skiing.  This translates as relationships are important.  A couple of years ago, while skiing at Alta, I found myself straddling a small tree.  We love to ski in the trees but the thing about it is you need to look ahead.  This trip I was looking too far ahead and found myself front and center with a tree.  My skis sunk down into the tree hole and I was stuck.  I could not remove my skis or crawl out.  Luckily, Danny was there and after he stopped laughing he popped my boots out of my skis.  Then another friend pulled me out by grabbing me under my arms.  Literally, there was no way that I could get out of that hole without help.  

There are some moments and situation where we need others to do for us what we can’t do for ourselves.

Have a great week and I'll see you next Tuesday,

Anna Lee