Downtime in the spring is a great time to try and gain some perspective and set goals for the next year. I have been taking this time to really think about what skiing is/ means to me.
A community of friends
A means to travel
A means to teach
An avenue to push myself both mentally and physically.
It is in part each of these things, but none of them are wholly skiing to me. I have made my life in the ski industry but simply skiing does not characterize my life. It brings me joy and frustrates me as any job would. Some days I feel under paid and overworked- and others I feel like the richest girl in the world. It is defines my life in many ways- but is not WHO I am..
I think what’s important is to remember why I ski. for freedom, to challenge and push myself, to see beautiful places, to meet beautiful people. Focus on those aspects of it. Continue to better myself and realize my potential- and all the rest will fall into place.