Sincemy childhood, I have been an outdoor person who loved playing on thefield and sometimes attempting dangerous games. Always did this witha lot of caution mostly with the absence of my parents who would notallow me to attempt dangerous things like jumping from a boarderected several meters from the ground. I attributed my flexibilityand daring behavior to my athletic body and being bigger and strongerthan most of the children of my age.
Occasionally,I came home with a bleeding knee or a bruised face. I would notunderstand why my parents shouted a caution every time I ventured outto play with my friends until I came home with a broken arm. In myusual daring jumps, I tripped upon hitting the ground and broke myarm, and the pain was almost too much to bear. It took a time to healand I began being more careful than before when playing in the yardor at school. One of the games I wished to attempt was skiing. Allthrough my years, my parents had no offered us the chance to visitedone of the prime skiing grounds in the country and in always lookedforward to going there. The responses I got from those who went tothe various mountains during the snowing period left me with aburning desire. The drive would keep my eyes glued to the televisionwhenever there was a skiing show, and I would enjoy the players asthey effortlessly slid on the snow.
Myfirst ski experience happened two years ago when we visited Wolf SkiLodge in Northern Carolina that is a destination for many due to itsclear slopes and excellent services (Akers 21). I could not help butanticipate the first time I would step into the boots and slide onthe slope. As we moved in we caught sight of other visitors skiingwith a lot of dexterity and from the way they moved effortlessly, Icame to an early conclusion that skiing was an easy game. I almostdisagreed with the instructor who insisted on taking a few lessons onskiing until he mentioned the dangers involved in the game. Thecommon ones included bumping on rocks, falling over cliffs or runninginto each other. I had become phobic to a mind blowing pain since theagony I went through after breaking my arm in a trip was still freshin my mind.
Wecould not take our lessons the same day we arrived since theinstructor advised that it would be fruitful if we rested first andtook some time to walk around the resort and start the training thenext day. As others went to sleep, I retired to the balcony to watchthe professional skiers cutting through the breeze with their polesready in their hands. I immediately knew that this would the bestexperience of my life.
Earlythe next morning, everybody found me ready and waiting on thetraining ground. The skiing gear felt heavy and uncomfortable atfirst. I was not at ease with heavy goggles, but I could notentertain the idea of losing my way and getting my head crush againstan ice-covered snow. The instructor acquainted us with the basicskiing skills like falling the right way to keep balance. Heintroduced us to the skiing equipment and their various functions. Itwas during this session that we learned to move forward and backwardwith our feet still trapped on the board. We looked like penguinstrying to move on the snow (Holst and Arndt 18). We also learned howto move sideways like a crab and fall safely like kangaroos (Lind andScott 14). The biggest task was to get up when I fell and I wouldtake at least five minutes to get back to my feet. I spent the entireday learning how to break and avoid other skiers and at last, I feltlike I would even do some gymnastics in the air on the slope. I feltso confident, and the anticipation enabled me to continue skiing onthe training ground even after everyone had gone to rest. Mychildhood dream was coming true on the resort.
Jim,the resort instructor, commented my fast learning and observed that Iwas anticipating my first move, and that was true. The excitement ofstepping into the boots and making the first slide is still fresh inmy mind. I almost felt like I was flying as I cut through the coldwind. We fell several times and almost run into each other butmanaged to avoid each other.
Thefollowing day, we wore our gear and waited eagerly for instruction toproceed to the slopes. It was then than the lifts came in sight. Itwas something I have never used before and riding on them whilewatching the ground below covered with snow. The skiing lifts haulpeople to the slopes or their preferred starting points(Costa-Scorse, Hopkins, Bahr, and Shealy 15). Along the way, I couldsee people rushing down the slope, and I could not wait to get to thetop. As we alighted and prepared to move down the slope, I fell evenbefore getting past ten meters. As one of the people regarded as fastlearners, and confident the others shied from proceeding without anassurance. I could not give up so early. I got up and confidentlystarted my tour to my blissful childhood dreams. The experience wassomething I had never come across. Rushing past the trees withoutputting much effort made me feel like I was flying, and theexcitement increased as I gained speed. On getting to the bottom, Iwas already looking for the lifts to haul me up again.
Thatday, we went up the slope at least four times, and we retired back tothe resort in the evening for supper. The table became highly chargedwith everybody expressing how it felt like and it was evident thatall of us had a good day. The second day was much better than thefirst as most of us fell few times and we could decelerate with easeusing our poles (Costa-Scorse, Hopkins, Bahr, and Shealy 15). I couldski far away from the group and catch up with them down the slope. Ifelt like I had been skiing all my life. Before retiring to the camp,we took photos to be reminding us of our first skiing experience.
Aswe left the resort the next day, I was certain that I would visit itagain another time to have another skiing experience. On reachinghome, I could see the involuntary fading of anxiety on my mother’sfacing on seeing me back without a broken arm or leg.
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