Snowboarding: Facing Fear & Living Large

Of all the things I love to do in my life, snowboarding is right near the top of the list. It’s an activity that allows me be (mostly) “free.” When I’m cruising down the mountain I am able to switch off my thinking and truly experience being… Being one with my snowboard, being one with the mountain, being one with nature, and ultimately, being one with the Universe. In general, my brain functions in an overly-active kind of way, and one of my challenges is letting go of the noise in my own head. For some reason, being on the mountain gives me that sense of peace that I so desperately need to stay in balance in my life.

Last weekend I did something that I have had on my bucket list for literally years-a snowboarding adventure to Silverton, CO, one of the most extreme skiing mountains in the world. I have two beautiful and extremely talented younger sisters, Louise and Jesse, who are also crusher snowboarding bunnies. We decided that it would be fun to do this as a “sisters trip” and reserved our spots on the Silverton website about two months ago. From basically the moment I signed myself up, I started having anxiety… Am I physically in good enough shape? Am I a strong enough rider? Am I really an “expert”? Can I handle the hiking piece? What about all those cliffs? Will I be able to keep up? What if I break something? Or die?? And on and on the fear based thoughts went. The

As I reflect back on the amazing weekend that I had with my sisters, I am reminded how empowering it is to acknowledge fear and then DO IT ANYWAY! We all truly had a once in a lifetime experience that I am so grateful to have had with two of the most important people in my life. And now that I have survived what definitely goes down in my book as the most intense, strenuous, and physically challenging activity I have ever attempted, I feel like I can do just about anything!

At the end of the day, if you don’t allow your fears to cripple you, they can empower you more than any other factor in your life. It’s ok to be afraid of things! In fact, I think it’s a mandatory part of the human experience. If anything, our fears are probably the biggest indicator about what we should do next. Whatever it is that you are afraid of doing, it is likely that thing, that in doing (in the face of fear), that will bring you the most satisfaction in your life! So…What is it that you are afraid of??? I am asking myself the same thing.

P.S. All photos were taken with my iPhone. :-) Enjoy!