On Reflections of What Matters Most

Last month, I shared some really sweet deals on spring skiing. But let’s just say you can’t get out to your favorite slope today, or tomorrow, or the next, or this spring season at all, for that matter. Now nothing comes close to the real thing, but sometimes a well written entry on the joys of skiing can really bring that happiness home. Just think of the good things.

To that end, I want to invite you to check out this amazing guest post by author Marcus Brotherton. Originally posted on the blog The Art of Manliness, Brotherton’s post- An Ode to Spring Skiing– is full of poetic lyricism, and is a great example of the importance of self reflection. We learn that Brotherton loves to ski, but that was not always the case. He first learned of skiing when he was a young boy, from a cousin living in the United States (Brotherton is  Canadian by birth). His love for skiing started small, but grew as he surrounded himself with friends who loved the sport. By the time he was fourteen, he was invested in skiing, even buying gear that closely resembled boyhood’s unanimous hero, the MI6 agent 007- James Bond.

By the late 1980’s Brotherton had discovered spring skiing, and embraced it fully. He describes his experience as participating in an entirely new sport, where the elements are with, instead of against, you. His anecdote comes to a close with an acknowledgement of his newfound powdery passion of mountainous proportions, the forsakenness of sunscreen, and the discovery of a new facet of his personality. He concludes with a conversation between him and a high school classmate: A girl makes a remark inquiring about his obviously sunburnt body, and he cooly shrugs off all derision while embracing his physical appearance. It was, after all, the result of him doing what he loved. That cool confidence turned the tables in his favor, and the girl left the conversation impressed.

Now, we are all unique, but I think we can take something away from this Ode to Spring Skiing. It may be a good idea to think about whatever it is you’re passionate about- skiing, or otherwise- and reflect on how it changed or shaped you, or otherwise assisted in your personal growth. Then share that story with others, spreading inspiration and appreciation.

Till next time.