Sunday, December 18, 2016

How life is a lot like skiing

Selfie (I was in a safe place)
 By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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For the first time in my 43 years on this planet, I have put on a pair of skis and hit the slopes. So for Christmas, we decided to take the family to Crystal Mountain Resort in Michigan for our first skiing adventure. As I tumbled and stumbled down the slopes, I started thinking how life is much like skiing.


The kids taking off
Both go really fast. I still have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I'm 43 and have two kids in high school and my baby in fifth grade. The speed picks up pretty fast on the snow out on the slopes. Sometimes a little too fast, which brings me point two.

You get knocked down in life and while skiing. The best thing to do in both cases is getting back up and do it again. I'm not going to lie, I got really, really pissed while going down a steeper run. My wife and daughter were doing fine, but I fell several times. I finally took off my skis and started walking down the hill. Then I saw my daughter having trouble and saying she was going to do the same thing. I knew I had to put the skis back on and take one for the team to set a good example. It wasn't pretty, but I made it down that hillside. So did she and no one got hurt.

Look for opportunities for help. People come in and out of our lives who offer advice and expertise. Sometimes we listen, sometimes not so much. On the slopes, it's a good idea to accept that help. One point when I lying in the snow unable to get up, a young man skied up to me and gave me some excellent advice on how to get up. I was back on my feet on the first attempt. 


The family 
My wife and kids laugh at me in both cases. Sometimes I do funny things, sometimes I screw up and they're there to show their support through laughter. Several times while skiing I was the laughing stock of the family. I took it all in stride because that's the way we roll and I imagine I had to look pretty funny biting the dust (snow). 

Day one has been fun. I will retry the most challenging slopes on day two. Hopefully, a good night's sleep will offer some clarity and courage to take on something way outside my comfort zone. Maybe that will carry over into everyday life more often too.

One final thought: when all else fails, remember to go for pizza. It can be a life saver in the real world and on the slopes. 

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