There is a first for everything they say. And that is so true. Ever since I have been in Finland I feel like I got to experience so many new things for the first time. Every new experience is a blessing and a memory to cherish for the rest of my life. I feel like, for the first time in my life, I am really living. I am really experiencing. And I am really feeling. I know this sounds a little vague, but I now realize how I was never really living, or feeling alive. And here I do. Deep down inside I am already sad for the day I have to leave. I don't want to go back to my old life, of old habits. I have never felt so alive, and I want to keep feeling this way.
Last weekend was another first for me. I went skiing for the very first time. Maybe I am not so old to try it for the first time, but it certainly felt that way when I entered the beginners slope. Little ones who just started walking were learning how to ski. I was literally the oldest and biggest person on the slope, surrounded by these cute kids all bundled up in their snow clothing. Anyways, I wasn't going to let them get the best of me, or feel distracetd. So my friend who went with me already knew how to ski, she was not a pro but she sure was able to approperiatly go down the slopes. I wish I could say the same thing. Actually it wasn't that bad. Yes, the first three attempts of going down the slope I did fall. But afterwards I picked up how to use my body and was able to make it down standing up. I was so proud of myself, learning a new thing pretty quickly. I guess also because I was a litle scared at first. Up on the slope it looks so high and I am only wondering how in the world I will make it down safely. However, somehow I managed to make it work and push myself to step outside my comfortzone. At the end of the day I was tired but feeling so accomplished. The aftermath was pretty bad though. The next four days, including today I had the worst pain in my neck. I read online that when you fall when skiing, the way your body tries to catch itself puts a certain strain and shock on your neck, peventing hitting your head on the hard slope. I guess that is better than hitting your head and having a concussion. Anyways, my body was pretty sore, and the worst were my shoulders and arms from the beginners lift. Now I know why that lift is for free;you just hold on to a rope that goes up, but you have to hold on tight and it gets quite uncomfortable. I must have gone up like 25 times, so no wonder. But it did make me feel like I had done some proper exercise. Although I found the ahrders part was more mentally, having to really concentrate how and what I do with my body because it does not come natural to me (yet). Anyway, I'm so happy I tried it and I already got a little addicted to it. Too bad it is quite an expensive sport, because of the rental costs as well as the lift pass.
Have you ever been skiing or snowboarding? Do you find it as addicting as I do?