Symbolic Achievement -- my ski jacket
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I am a certified ski instructor. I started teaching in 2002 after moving to NH in 2001. I'm not a 'hot shot' instructor. In fact, I prefer teaching women, who may be a little scared to be on the mountain, and children of all ages. Mostly, I want to help people enjoy being outside in the winter and enjoy being with their friends and family in a healthy activity.
Last winter, I missed out. I had back surgery in November and although I tried to get back on the slopes I just couldn't do it. It wasn't until this past August that some of my confidence started to return. The ski mountain took me back and today we had our first meeting of the season.
It felt so wonderful to put my uniform ski jacket back on. Although I have 12 pounds left to lose to reach my healthy BMI, I am back in a size small ski jacket! So many fellow instructors gave me hugs and kisses and welcomed me back! They all want to ski with me and help me figure out how I can work with my lingering physical and psychological challenges that I'll need to face this season. I have a feeling that I will be learning as much as I'll be teaching this season!
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! (And Spark, give me a skier emoticon!)