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Paul E. Anna: High Points

Paul E. Anna
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

“It never hurts to get wet.”

That phrase has been with me all of my life, from the time I was a grommet surfer back in Southern California. It was, and is, admonishment that no matter how small or how big the surf was, no matter how windy or cold the day was, it was always a good day to go out surfing.

That is also how I feel about getting onto the hill. We all can find reasons not to get up for first tracks (yes, you out there with the hangover), or not to take the lunch-hour run that we promised our friends (yes, you out there with the deadline), or to skip a ski session because the snow is not up to snuff (yes, you with the new boards that you’re saving for perfect coverage). But the truth is, “It never hurts to get some turns.”

Consider this, of all the days that you have ever gone skiing, how many of them do you wish you hadn’t gone? I mean even when the snow is sketchy, or the wind is howling, or the light is flat, or, or… anything. No matter how bad the conditions, it is almost inevitable that going skiing will ultimately trump whatever it was that you would have done instead. Just about every time you take to the slopes the experience is more valuable than the one you would have had if you had simply made some lame excuse and done something else.

We’ve all been there. Decision time. Joe Strummer and The Clash singing “should I stay or should I go” pops into your mind. And then you start to think about it. Your boots are still in the car and not warm. So and so can’t make it. You really have a lot of work to do. It looks like it might get cloudy. Blah, blah, blah. You decide not to go and your day progresses in the same humdrum manner it started out.

Or, instead, you man up, even if you’re a lady, and get the boots, forget about the clouds, put the work in “take care of itself” mode and head for the lifts. Always, just about every single time, you have a great experience and, not only do you feel better, but you are better for the decision you made.

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We live here for the finite amount of special days that beckon us to the slopes. To rationalize rather than listen to the voice deep down that says “let’s go skiing” is the first turn of the shovel that ultimately creates the rut.

In the long run, the long run is the thing that is most important. Seize the days that are there to be enjoyed. The rest of the stuff will work itself out. Go skiing.

It never hurts to get wet.

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