Okay, I admit, I am terrified to go on a snow trip for the first time. After 4 years of chasing summer I am going to overcome my fear for winter and just go for it. I brought so many clothes that I can survive the North pole instead of the French Alps. That alone, taking off and putting on my clothes is a workout already.
The good thing about traveling is that you meet some awesome people around the world and you can meet up with them in another awesome place. My friends are doing a snow season and are living here for 6 months. The international vibe between all the seasonnairs is amazing. I am so lucky to have the chance to get a glimpse of their life in the snow. Most of them just find a job in a bar and go snowboarding or skiing the entire winter long day in, day out. Sick!
Sitting on top of the mountain and I am scared as hell to go down. Breath in, breath out, 3 2 1 and GO! I fall on my face a million times and my bum is purple but holy shit this is fun! After a couple of days of practice and a very patient friend who is the best teacher in the world, I am flying down the mountain. Oh man, this is the best thing in the world. It feels like surfing on a never-ending wave.
On a hungover morning, we take the van and go on a little road trip to explore. Damn this place is beautiful and the views are breath taking. It is the perfect place to stop for a moment and think about life. It heals your soul. I can’t believe I was so scared for winter and missed out on this.
If you can’t beat fear just do it scared…
Snowboarding or skiing is such a good work out for your entire body but especially to get killer legs. On high altitude you have less oxygen in your blood and that is why you get double as fit because it is harder. Win win! Apparently it also suppresses your appetite but I did not notice that at all. From all that intense exercise I need some good meals. You can find me almost everyday at Arctic cafe in Val d’isère, France. A healthy food place with energetic juices, organic coffee and amazing power food.
What I realize while building snow mans, playing outside and having snow fights with my friends, is that I learn much more during this trip than just snowboarding. I came out of my comfort zone and discovered a whole new world of fun times and good vibes. When I almost wanted to start crying in the middle of the mountain cause I couldn’t do it I pushed myself until I could (also cause I was on a mountain and didn’t really have a choice xD).
What if I fall, but oh darling, what if you fly…
It is an important lesson for your daily life. Whenever something is too hard, you are afraid or it seems impossible just push through! It is crazy how fear can hold one back so much. Most of the time it is just fear of the unknown and from the moment you let go of it you realize that it was not that scary at all.
On the other side of fear lies freedom and damn I feel free!