It’s one of those things that I just never thought I’d do. It was a hobby reserved for brave people. Adventurous types who might even see a foot cast as a badge of honor. I’ve never broken a bone in my life, and I’d like to keep it that way!
I never thought I’d EVER go skiing.
Even last night as I tried to go to sleep I wasn’t sure I’d actually go. I mean, we could buy a Wii for about the same price as two lift tickets and equipment rentals. And they have a ski game, right?
But skiing is really a metaphor for all challenges. It’s more about trying something I never thought I’d do (never thought I could do). It’s about listening to the voice that says “I can!” instead of the one shouting reasons why I can’t. So early this morning we headed toward Mount Southington and I attempted to conquer the mountain. As I made my way from the bunny hill to the more advanced slope, I thought about how the experiences on the slope were analogies for every day life:
If you panic in fear that you’re going to fall, you’ll almost certainly cause it to happen.
Falling is a part of learning. If you can embrace that, it will only make you better. When it happens, just brush yourself off and start again.
Life can be a slippery slope, but these things will help you stay balanced: patience, confidence, and determination.
You can’t stay on the bunny hill forever. Even if you fall four times on the advanced hill, at least you gave it a shot!
There will always be crazy people coming at you. Just stand aside and let that mess keep going on its way instead of getting tangled up in it. (so, so true)
Believing in yourself is the most important thing, but it always helps to have someone to encourage and support you along the way. (thankfully, I have Matt)
So what are some things that you’ve wanted to try but haven’t yet? New Year’s is just around the corner, so maybe 2011 is the time to make it happen!