[well… yeah.]

[well… yeah.]

I succumbed to the pleas of my friend Tonya and agreed to go snowboarding.

The only reason why I decided to go was that I knew that if my friends (our RedShift group) go and I won’t go, they will swap stories at our meetings and I will sit listening. Granted, I love to listen, but I like to be a listener who understands what’s going on. So, thinking “At least I’ll have something to write about,” I agreed.

To be honest, I was afraid. I’ve never been to a hospital (I mean, when I was the sick one… I did visit my family and friends) and the appeal of breaking something didn’t sound all that alluring to me. Also, my main beef against half of the sports is that in a lot of them (like ice-skating or rollerblading or skiing), I have no idea how to brake. And that is scary – when you have no idea yet what you’re doing, you gain speed…and then look for someone big and strong to smash into. *Sigh* I also don’t like winter and cold.

Well… it seems like when we protest too much, God decides to take everything into His hands.

I didn’t like snowboarding.


Granted, I’ve got a few bruises on my knees and one on my behind. Granted, my body is sore. And yet I cannot wait till next weekend when we’ll (hopefully) go snowboarding again with our RedShift guys.

Seemed like everything we planned was not going to happen the way we planned it. We agreed to meet at 12PM and go get the boards, yet we got out of my friend’s place only at 2PM. By 3PM we had our boards and boots. Sometime soon after we finally got out on the snow and climbed the hill. The weather was perfect – sunshiny and -12C (about 10F).

I had absolutely no experience in snowboarding. But I had long-suffering friends who were willing to give me time to learn and who also were good teachers. Fedya, our unofficial RedShift leader and the pro on snowboard, literally held my hands through the first couple of times when I rode. Surprisingly, he also managed to make theory easily transferable into practice. I was falling asleep last night and still thinking “You’ve got to turn the board at 45 degrees, then put the weight on your front leg, bringing your back leg further behind you, and swing your arms to help your body…” 😀

The lesson I’ve learned (one of a few) was that sometimes often I am afraid of things I’ve never done in my life because I had previous experience with something similar… which at times isn’t similar at all. 

Did you ever have something like that in your life? A time when you were afraid to do something just because the past hurts prevented you from trying?

P.S. Here’s a short video of me snowboarding (granted, I was still learning the ropes back then. I did learn a lot in those 5 hours – more than I expected. Like I said, I had good teachers with seemingly LOADS of patience. I love my friends!) I am the one in a white parka. (The last phrase of my friend was “Don’t kill me!”… and for the record, I didn’t. I did learn how to turn by then.)

  • Well…to the rookie i.e someone who has never snowboarded (and probably never will), you looked awful good.  however, I am guessing the friend who yelled knew better.  🙂   Being young has its advantages for trying new things and really not worrying about breaking something. 

    • Thanks big bro 🙂 I think for the first day, it was pretty good. And Tonya (my friend who yelled in the end) didn’t have to worry because the turns turned out pretty easy (pun intended) 😀 

      Oh, trust me, for a person who never broke anything (but heard and saw horrific stuff), I am worried about breaking something. I prefer my body whole 😀 But like I said, my only reason for going was I didn’t want to be left out when stories would be swapped 🙂

      • But look at all the fun you would have missed! 

        • Yup. Every time my friends get together, it’s a great memory-making time. So I’ve learned to join them even when my introvert self claims it wants to be alone 😀

  • I had issues learning to snowboard, mostly with breathing. It’s a lot of fun, though, and I hope I get to try it again someday!

    • Heh, this time I had breathing issues as well (granted, not too serious – just couldn’t take a deep breath) – but again I was thankful for my friends’ patience because they waited for me as I dragged up that hill (there are… hmm… no idea what they are called in English… mmm… not chairlifts, but rather the ones that you hook onto and it drags you… Anyway, the ones at the hill were good for skiers but not for snowboarders… So we walked up the hill.)

      Is there a lot of snow in Kansas these days? I know you guys get a lot of ice storms, but not sure about the amount of snow… The weather seems to be acting up all around the world this year. 

      • Thankfully, it’s been a rather warm winter. Hardly any snow. Which is fine, because we don’t have mountains or anything cool like that, so it’s more of a nuisance than a blessing.

        Typically, though, we have a blizzard or two each winter (also depending on where in Kansas you are).

        • Kyiv has quite a few hills, but no mountains (the only mountains are in southern and western Ukraine)

          I’ve been to KC only once and that was in summer – it felt similar to what we’ve got here in Ukraine. (Granted, we don’t get tornadoes or electric / ice storms)… 

  • Sounds like you had an awesome time. I am definitely jealous… one of these days I WILL snowboard… now I just have to convince my  wife.

    • I did have an awesome time – and I am thankful to my RedShift guys for talking me into it. 

      You should try it sometime – it’s amazing. Do you have any place nearby where you can snowboard?

      •  I would have to hop on a plane and go somewhere… but mix it in with snowmobiling, snowshoeing, etc. and it would be a fun trip in my book.

  • Joanne Norton

    I’m very happy for you.  I often think of things I’d like to do… mostly connected to biking, hiking … but, as age has hit me, I find I can do so much less than before.  I can walk, but hiking up hills hits my energy too hard.  SO ANNOYING when I act/think much younger than my body will respond.  Glad you were brave and you had good friends/teachers… and that you’ll happily do it again. 

    • I bet this would be frustrating to not be able to do what you could before. 

  • I confess. I am a chicken!! I have lived in Colorado my whole life and have never been skiing.

    Did I mention I’m chicken? A scaredy cat, too.

    • I’ve never really went skiing either (and not planning on it). I tried to put on skis ONCE… rode down a tiny hill… and swore off skiing for good. 

      Snowboarding is way better.

      Thanks for stopping by, Brenda! 🙂

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