Conquering Fears & Learning to Ski
Second week of February and I’ve done two ski trips this season! Part of my New Years Resolution was to try new things, especially those that make me feel nervous. Skiing is definitely one of those things! Growing up I never went skiing, my family considered vacation going someplace warm, not up to the mountains. So I never even thought about learning to ski until I met my now husband. Unlike me, Michael grew up skiing and he’s so good!! (He’s modest and would tell you he isn’t that good, but he is!) Every weekend up in NH on the mountains was how he spent a lot of winters with his family.
First Time Skiing!
The first winter we dated he took me skiing and I was SO nervous, as in “couldn’t sleep the night before” nervous. Once I finally got on the skis it was so awkward… wearing the boots, getting on the chairlift, and of course, learning to ski! I hate not knowing how to do something and become embarrassed really easily. (Trying to work on that!) But we skied a few times that winter and the following winter I gave it another go. But I really wasn’t into it that much. I never felt the desire to go skiing, probably because I was uncomfortable with my lacking ability.
Fast Forward a Few Years
Fast forward a few years and I’m a married woman! Yippee!! 😉 I left public accounting almost two years ago and now have the majority of my weekends back! In public accounting I worked every Saturday from January to April and last year I was busy planning a wedding! But I knew I wanted to give skiing another try this winter. An honest effort where I would give it my best shot and not give up because I’m a beginner (pretty much).
A few weeks ago we traveled up to Bretton Woods in NH for a weekend of skiing and relaxing. Getting back on the skis actually wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be! I was still super nervous but didn’t want that to stop me. Michael brought me up the lift in the Beginner’s Quad and we took a few runs before heading to the top of the mountain! Guess what! I made it through the day with only one fall! I had a ridiculously funny fall right under the chairlift where one of my skis flew off. Even another skier came by to ask if I was okay! Ha! But honestly, I wasn’t even embarrassed about falling!
Later that day I even took a lesson and had the nicest ski teacher named Jim. He was probably in his 60s, definitely a fatherly personality, and gave me some really useful tips on turning, stopping, and how to position my body while skiing. It definitely gave me a confidence booster when he told me to keep doing what I’m doing and I would be better in no time!
After that experience I decided to take it slow and keep trying. I even bought my own pair of goggles, neck warmer, and ski bag! This past weekend we took a day trip up to Pats Peak and I decided to just take the easier trails. Building my confidence and taking my time is what seems to be working for me! I’m really excited that I’m conquering my anxiety and not letting it stop me from trying new things and having fun. Both times skiing I saw blind skiers!! I told myself, if they can do it then there is no excuse for me not to try! I love having a hobby that I can share with my husband too! Even more time for us to spend together! 🙂