As many of you have seen I have my bucket list posted on this site. There's nothing special about my bucket list compared to other people's, it changes, morphs, and adapts just like I do. In the beginning of this blog though I tried to be sure several things got marked off every year. In the past few years that's kind of gone by the wayside. When I moved to Colorado, and was able to mark that off I kind of stalled with my goals and dreams. For some reason just being was enough for a while. I think we all need to do that sometimes when things get overwhelming, but we also need to pull ourselves out of that and get back to doing things that make us a bit uncomfortable sometimes. So since I didn't do much last year for my big landmark birthday...I decided I needed to do something this year.
In March I will have lived in Colorado for two years, and one of the most common questions people ask you when you tell them you moved here is, "Do you ski/snowboard?" I laugh because winter sports like skiing and snowboarding are such a big thing here, and sports of any kind have never been a big thing in my own life, with the exception of a soccer stint in Middle School. I've always wanted to learn how to ski though, even before I moved here. So after talking to some people about where to go to get lessons (I was not just going to strap some wood to my feet and hope for the best, I wanted to really learn how to not kill myself, lol), and learning about the differences in learning to ski and snowboard I signed up for a lesson at Winter Park Resort with my friend Leigh Ann who was also a novice to learn the basics of snowboarding.
Let me just say first of all that they sure as hell make it look easier than it really is on television!!! I felt like a toddler learning how to walk all day. And yes I even had to learn how to walk in snowboard boots which was a challenge! After almost six hours of help, I found myself not only standing and going down a hill on a snowboard, but I found myself loving every second of it, even if I still wasn't able to let of of the instructor without falling. Something that once seemed like an impossibility was not only happening, but was turning out rather well. I didn't break any bones, and although I fell quite a few times (the chairlift is the bane of my existence!!!!) I found myself laughing each time as I laid in the snow. I may never end up being an Olympic Snowboarder, and I may not even be able to do more than just keep my balance going down a hill, but I actually did it...and plan to do it again in the near future. (At least once more this season!!)
|My very first attempt to move with both feet strapped in!|
|Getting off the chairlift may be the most difficult part about snowboarding!|
|Trying to go down the big hill for the first time!|
|Just taking a break because my legs were Jello!|
|I think every snowboarding trip should end with s'mores!!|
My new goal is to be able to snowboard for at least 5 feet solo, without having to have the instructor hold on to me. I have a feeling if I go back to the Ski + Ride School in Winter Park that will happen no problem. (Seriously if you want to learn, go there they're amazing!!) Many people would say that I didn't actually accomplish what I had marked on my bucket list, I didn't fully learn how to snowboard in one 6 hour day...but I disagree that it shouldn't be marked off. Not only did I accomplish getting up on a snowboard and learning about heel side, and toe side and how to do them. But I think that by getting out there and trying it was a huge accomplishment. We have to remember that we aren't going to be experts at everything, but that doesn't mean that by trying we didn't accomplish it.
I decided to put my thirty-something year old self out there and try something new. Something many people will never try in their lives due to fear, or use their age as an excuse. Not only was it a victory for doing it in the first place, but it was a victory for doing something many people wouldn't have. This year I remembered that age is only a number, and only holds us back from the things we allow it to.
Thanks Leigh Ann for going with me, and for the pictures of me snowboarding (and the closing photo and quote which is perfect!). Thanks Winter Park Resort's Ski + Ride School for the awesome day and great instruction (I'll be back as soon as I have the money again!). And thanks mom for not freaking out too much at the thought of me going down a mountain with nothing but a piece of wood strapped to my feet. ;-)