Leftover Stashes and Playing to My Strengths


Roses for us, PBR for them

You might think that I haven’t posted anything in the last few days because I have been too busy skiing powder at Crystal. According to Facebook it’s been off the hook up here. And that’s probably true. But I wouldn’t know.

Instead, I’ve been sharing my story with various groups across the state. That’s right. I’m becoming a Motivational Speaker, which is kind of an oxymoron (more about that next time).

I did sneak in a day of skiing at Stevens Pass on Tuesday with a dear friend of mine that I haven’t seen in ages. We visited the new memorial site for Jim, Johnny and Chris, the recent avalanche victims. The frozen roses were beautiful and tragic.

Afterwards I spoke to a group of High School Journalists all with bright futures ahead of them, and I’m pretty sure I convinced at least one of them to scrap her plans for college and instead become a ski bum (sorry Mom).

Then later I drove over three mountain passes in a single day. Needless to say, it’s been a bit of a world-wind. Now I’m back at Crystal, hoping to find some leftover stashes today (if I ever find myself at a job interview, I’m afraid I will claim this ability to find powder turns two days after a storm as my BIGGEST STRENGTH).

The forecast looks pretty settled for the weekend, with another cold front arriving Monday. Perhaps March will live up to the hype. Fingers crossed.

5 responses »

  1. I wish someone had told me it was okay to be a ski bum, a dirt bag climber, or some such when I was in high school. I wouldn’t have listened (wayyy too motivated towards college and “bigger better things”) but just to have had the seed planted in my head that there are other totally okay ways of approaching life would have been helpful.

    • I had a small window of opportunity in the late 60’s so I called up the local area where I was a volly patroller and asked if I could work as a pro that winter. They told me they didn’t hire women. So I got another job and then went back to school. I do wonder how things would have been different if that opportunity had been available. Times have changed! Ironically I returned to that same area as a volunteer patroller a few years ago.

  2. If I’d known that ski bum was an option, I might have finished college in four years instead of seven, so I could hit the slopes for three. I think many of us have trouble remembering balance: that all-work can be as fruitless as all-play, and all-play can feel as empty as all-work. I’ll bet you inspired those kids to broaden their possibilities. Many teens think the list of careers is short: businessperson, doctor, lawyer, cop, firefighter, reporter, famous person and uh, um… hmmm… That last one disturbs me: I’ve heard many kids say their dream is “to be famous.” No purpose or passion behind it, just “famous.” There are so many ways to contribute, if we use our imaginations, and you’re a shining example! Oh, and as a side-benefit, you seem to be growing a bit famous.;)

    • Well said Cara. There are so many ways to contribute. I’ve always wondered if I copped out and didn’t contribute in the ways that I might have if I followed a different path. More and more though I realize that this path is the right one for me.

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