The new ski season is underway. The pressure to keep up with the facade of victory is yet upon us. As alpine ski racers, as individuals with disabilities. As the expectations of previous victories creep into the mind and the spirit. The important things in life start to shine, more and more I find the journey is the destination. When pursuing perfection and when pursuing what we love. It’s the process that provides the product we’re all seeking. It’s the journey that provides the smiles and the stories that bring the memories for life.
Traveling across Europe, finding the snow. Seeking the cold, pursuing the perfection of sport, the perfection of ourselves. It’s the journey of an athlete. But, at the same time, it’s the journey we all face in life. The journey of being better tomorrow than we were today. The process in life of seeking and finding our passion. The passion for perfection of
our personal selves. While all the while, facing the challenges of everyday life. Some of which we can control, some we can change. Challenges that force us to muster up our aptitude towards perseverance. There was an earthquake while I was home that reminded me the importance of facing the difficulties in life. That sometimes we have to be ready to face the most daunting challenges in life, and look to our neighbors for some assistance.
A lot of these thoughts and perspectives are what I ponder, as the team prepares to travel and compete another year on the World Cup circuit. Traveling between Switzerland, Austria and Italy to compete for my country. All the while thinking of the next step in my personal life, the goals I have set to pursue. Finishing the bed and breakfast, preparing the Alaskan outdoor camps for those with disabilities. The journey that I cannot encompass with words. Only that I am thankful for those that have helped me along the way. Nomi Bergman, Netcracker and HighFives foundation have always been there. I know for a fact It’s because of the kindness of others that I am truly able to pursue the pressure of that rare and unique chance, to be the best.