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I just read through all of my Reverb10 posts. A few of them are still very relevant, perhaps even more so now than ever. Moving to Spokane, away from the awe-inspiring Sierra Nevadas, has decreased my sense of wonder dramatically. To be honest, I routinely hate it here. It’s a nice place, with nice people, and I’m getting that Biggest Little City in the World vibe (without the vice) that I so enjoy. Unfortunately there’s nothing here that just takes my breath away the way Tahoe did.
I’m not sure Spokane is the place to capture the thrill of living, but I’m here for the next year. I think the best way to embrace the situation is to spend time working on me and to experience a sense of wonder in my own accomplishments. Maybe I need to be here so I can change my core story.
One thing that will help, is to take more risks. I need to push myself in new ways, and I can’t let habit and security hold me back. Living in Spokane is one of the safest choices I could have made; now I need to create my own adventures.
Reverb10: Ordinary Joy. Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year? (Author: Brené Brown)
Skiing is my ordinary joy. The stand-out moment in 2010 was when one of the kids I teach, Annie, told me she loved me as she and her grandmother walked away. It was such a simple, sweet moment; I’m so happy she enjoyed skiing with me so much that she could say that as only a three-year-old can. Moments like that not only bring me joy, they assure me that I am on the right path.
However, that was not an ordinary moment and skiing provides me with plenty of ordinary moments of joy. Every time I ride up the chairlift and see my beautiful mountains unfold, or stand at the top and look at what I’m about to do. Every time I take a lesson that expands the mountain for me, or teach a lesson that helps someone turn for the very first time. I am lucky that I am able to spend my time doing something that brings so much joy into my life.
Except it’s not actually luck; I chose to have this life and I’ve worked to make it happen. People frequently tell me they wish they could ski as much as I do…they can of course, they’ve just made different choices. There are things I wish I could spend more time doing, but I haven’t made those choices yet. Maybe someday I will, but for now, I will take joy in my day-to-day adventure.