Yesterday was my first day skiing at Killington after a week's absence, still trying to shake off a cold. I promised myself I would only ski a half day, but somehow I didn't want it to end. I skied until 3 PM. The sun was out, the wind was missing, and the snow was good. Well at least under the guns the snow was good. A little scraped off in other areas.
As I skied with my Adult Season Program (ASP), I noticed a commonality between my skiing and life. Lately, I have been having real commitment issues. I want to get involved in relationships, community, causes, but I am really hesitant to commit to any one thing.
Saturday, while skiing bump or hard pack runs, if I was afraid and didn't commit down the fall line, I would slide across the slope toward the woods out of balance and with very little edge control. Frustrating, ineffective and not much fun.
When I committed myself to the mountain, by moving my body forward down the fall line, trusting my edges and using the skills I worked on during race week. My skis turned with little effort and I stayed in control. It was definitely more effective and fun.
I think life is the same way. It is easy to wonder from one interest to the next without a commitment. I know from past experience, without commitment life just sort of happens by default, like ending up in the woods. I am not in control, life feels out of balance, and I waste a lot of energy. Commitment puts me in charge, choices come naturally and my efforts are used effectively creating a better life experience. I guess I do have one thing I am committed to this winter, skiing.