Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic.
When I told people I was going skiing for the first time, I heard a constant refrain of “French fries and pizza – that’s all you need to know!” I’m not sure what mountain those people went skiing on, but there was definitely more to it than that. Maybe it was just me, but stopping at the bottom of a mountain took a lot more than making a triangle.
Okay, I’ll admit it: I wasn’t the best at skiing. For the first couple of hours, I probably made the most forward progress by rolling down the mountain, with my skis and poles left somewhere toward the top where the fall began. It wasn’t graceful, but I learned some valuable lessons.
First, I learned I have some amazing friends. As many times as I fell, there was never a moment when I was left to scramble around alone. Even though he could have been gliding down black diamonds, Lawrence spent a good bit of his day picking up my skis, bringing them down, and helping me back up. There were words of advice and encouragement, and by the end of the day, I was made better through my friends’ help.
Second, I learned just because something doesn’t come naturally doesn’t mean it isn’t worth doing. I’m competitive by nature, so being bad at something tends to really frustrate me. Skiing taught me a lot about myself. I realized I could enjoy any activity just by putting forth my best effort and improving. I loved every minute of being on that mountain, even the ones spent cartwheeling through snow and ice. I loved learning something new and working at staying upright. I’ll definitely be going back, and with a little bit of time, I might get pretty good.
Stepping out of my comfort zone made me realize I can do whatever I set my mind to. I discovered that being bad at something is its own reward; it gives you something to improve on. Although I’m black and blue today, yesterday was one of the best memories I’ve made with some of the best friends I could have. I can’t wait to embrace more challenges as I face the new situations that Miss Greater Easley is bringing my way!