Try Just One More Time…
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Growing up in California has its perks, but learning how to snowboard wasn’t one of them. There just wasn’t a lot of snow where I lived. So when I started dating my husband, who grew up in Idaho and was confident on the slopes, I had him teach me what he knew. As a 23-year-old I was understandably embarrassed when young teens would pass me on their skis and snowboards while I inched my way down the hill. But I got a little better each time I hit the ski hill, and soon I could get down without having to hold my husband’s hand. I was pretty happy with the progress I was making and enjoyed learning how to board.
While on our honeymoon at Lake Tahoe, my husband and I decided it would be fun to spend a day snowboarding. We got up to the top of Rose Mountain and began boarding down. As I searched the vast view before me I suddenly realized just how high up, I was. Fear paralyzed me, and I lost all my desire to snowboard. I sank into the snow and cried.
My supportive husband lovingly told me he would help me all the way down, and I reluctantly agreed. I mean, really? What were my other options? Seriously girl pull it together! I remember my tears freezing on my cheeks as we made our way to the bottom. I reassured myself that when I finally made it down, I wouldn’t have to go up again. It took a while at our slow pace, and by the time I was safely at the bottom, it didn’t seem so bad. I looked up longingly at the top of Rose Mountain and asked myself, could I do it once more? Knowing that each time down the mountain would get easier, I decided to try it again, and again, and again.
I had a goal, to learn to board, even though I was scared. I am so glad I didn’t give up that day. We were able to enjoy a full day on the slopes and when we all go snowboarding I am not left behind, but can have fun just like everyone else.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” -Thomas Edison 1847-1931