• Feb 21, 18
  • Gregg Zaun
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MY LEGS ARE THE SOREST THEY HAVE EVER BEEN AFTER A REALLY CHALLENGING DAY ON THE MOUNTAIN.  MY BROTHER IN LAW AND NIECE ARE EXCEPTIONAL SKIERS AND TOOK ME TO PLACES I’VE NEVER BEEN.  I SKIED DEEPER, BUMPIER, AND STEEPER SLOPES THAN EVER BEFORE, QUESTIONING MY OWN METAL A COUPLE OF TIMES WHEN FACED WITH NEW CHALLENGES.  I WONDERED ALOUD IF I’D BITTEN OFF MORE THAN I COULD CHEW THEN SLOWLY BUT SURELY MADE MY WAY DOWN AND CONQUERED MY FEARS.  

MY BODY QUIT.  MY LEGS WERE NON-RESPONSIVE YET MY MIND REMAINED SHARP.  I KNEW I’D BE BACK OUT THERE AGAIN SOON, BECAUSE THE SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST I’VE KNOWN.  I’M SO JEALOUS OF A CHILD’S MIND.  THEY DON’T KNOW ENOUGH TO KNOW FEAR UNTIL AFTER THEY FALL DOWN.  EVEN THEN, THEIR DESIRE TO GROW UP AND BE LIKE US HAULS THEM OFF THE GROUND TIME AND TIME AGAIN.

METAPHORICALLY SPEAKING, SKIING HAS SHOWN ITSELF TO BE A LOT LIKE LIFE.  THE TESTS GRADUALLY BECOME MORE CHALLENGING.  YOU FALL DOWN A LOT AND SOMETIMES IT HURTS.  SOMETIMES IT’S SMOOTH AND SOMETIMES IT CAN BE SO BUMPY IT ROCKS YOUR WORLD.  IN BETWEEN THE LESSONS AND RIDES, THERE ARE PERIODS OF PAUSE AND REFLECTION, AKA THE CHAIR LIFT.  DON’T BE AFRAID TO LOOK DOWN.  IT’S BEAUTIFUL.

IN THE WORDS OF ANNIE SAVOY, “PHYSICAL EXHAUSTION CAN BE SPIRITUALLY FABULOUS."