For over a decade I would pray for the winters to come sooner so I could get up the mountains on my board. There’s nothing like being on top of a powered mountain, nothing.
Almost every year, myself and a group of mates would go to Queenstown and Wanaka to snowboard for a solid week at least. The memories are rich and life was about constantly seeking adventure.
I have a different version of adventure now… I still get just as much, but I have a lot more responsibility which I thrive in, and it’s no longer just about me. I now get to share it with little people who’s eyes light up like mine used to when I would learn a new skill and become obsessed with the pursuit of it.
We got our boys up to the stunning Remarkables for half a day last week, this is the second time they have snowboarded and they progressed a lot this time. I didn’t spend much time on my hired board as I was dedicated to teaching them, I miss the slopes but life’s different now and I’m no longer prepared to make the time for this with all the other commitments I have. What’s special though, is taking my family up there and teaching them the skills and getting them to experience all the adventures I would live for for so many years.
This right here is my reason WHY. My reason to remain strong, fit and continue to push outside of my comfort zone whenever I get the opportunity. I was rusty at first, (it’s been over 10 years since I slid down a mountain) but after a few runs the memory of movement returned.
I also walked and ran up the beginner slops because the magic carpet was too slow and we only had a half day pass to utilise.
This got me thinking…
Everyday we see people that haven’t prioritised their health and fitness. Everyday we see people that are suffering because of this. Everyday we work hard to reverse often years of abuse.
Here’s my point….
DON’T lose your ability to love life. Don’t lose your capability to do all that makes you happy. Continue to push outside of your comfort zone to continue growth. Be adventurous and active.
It is up to you to pass on experiences and skills to the next generation. The more equipped they are with experience and skill the more resilient and grounded they will be in life.
Make health and fitness about a daily ritual to ensure you live the highest quality of life you can, for as long as you can.