With all of our busy family schedules (which I am trying desperately to slow down the day to day) we often find that Sunday becomes our only day to spend uninterrupted time together. Yesterday, the sun was out, the weather wasn’t too chilly and there was snow an ample amount of snow covering the ground. It was one of those days when I actually didn’t hate winter.
I decided that this day was a great day to try something new. You know how the saying goes, your never too old to try new things? Today was the day when we decided to pull out our ol’ bucket list and see what was on it. One of the things on our “someday” list was to try skiing. My husband had tried skiing a couple times as a kid, but he gave it up some 19 years ago. I tried skiing once as a teen and ended up running head first into a wooden post that quickly ended my day at the slopes and the kids have never been.
As I arrived at the big hill and stepped on to the moving carpet my nerves started to call out. I looked around me at all of the natural beauty as I quickly climbed higher and higher up the hill. The view around me was serene and I loved it. Being outside in nature with the sun shining on my face was something I had been longing after after a long winter of being indoors. As I reached the top of the hill and looked down towards the bottom I was ready, my nerves were calm. Never in my life before had I been so ready to try something new.
Without hesitation I pushed off, quickly gaining momentum as I skied down the hill. Having no previous training I wasn’t quite sure how to turn, slow down or even stop but in that moment I didn’t care. I was doing something new and it was exhilarating.
As I reached the bottom of the hill I let my natural senses guide me. I bent my knees, turned my toes inward and tried to replicate one of those fancy stopping moves that I had recently seen on the Sochi Winter Olympics (you know the one where they slide sideways creating a little wave of snow at their feet and then they raise their hands in victory?). All I can say that in my mind it looked like that, a real gold medal winning performance. However, others watching around me may say that they were just glad I made it down ok without hurting myself. No matter how my first time down the hill looked, the feeling that I had after that first trip down was amazing.
I was happy to have taken that first step and gave skiing a try. I sometimes feel that I am getting old and all of my new experiences are behind me or that I am too old to try something new. Yesterday set out to prove me wrong. There are so many things in life that I have not yet experienced and I feel more ready now for these adventures than I have ever been. I am not scared but I am standing atop the hill ready to experience life. While skiing down the bunny hill may not have been a big move in many of your books, it was a starting point for me. I took the first step into that ski, locked my boot in and now I am ready for life’s next big adventure.
– Public Speaking
– Publishing a Book
I am sure that many of the things on my “someday” list are quite the same as my recent ski adventure. They might be a bit scary at first, but I am sure the views from the top will be amazing and while I wont know how to do things at first if I let my natural sense guide me I will come out at the end with a huge sense of accomplishment and joy. I may look awkward on the outside, but that’s ok. Inwardly it will be a gold medal winning performance. It just takes the first step and the courage to try.