I’ve only been skiing once this year. And it was on the warmest weekend we’ve had all winter. Go figure. I had friends coming in from out of town just for the trip, so rescheduling wasn’t an option. The Sochi-like weather made the conditions some of the worst I’ve ever seen, but we still had an amazing time.
Things get really crazy around here. Work. Kids. His work. His schooling. I’m an incredibly goal-oriented person, so sometimes I feel like I need to just push through the stress and keep going. I don’t need to have fun. I need to put my nose to the grindstone. I don’t need relief. I need accomplishment. And then I see something as commercial as an Apple commercial that brings it all home:
For the record I own nothing Mac. And really those are Walt Whitman’s powerful words. But it got to me. I need to start living. And now. For me, skiing is poetry. I haven’t been in a while so this trip was the kind of poetry without punctuation that doesn’t rhyme. But flying through the woods makes me feel alive. Pushing my body to do new things just to see if it can focuses and centers me. Even just easing alone down a quiet, lonely trail at night with the snow glittering in the moonlight brings me peace.
So I splurged on a ski trip. I wrote before about how you can get discounts on lift tickets and rentals. My friend was telling me that Pine Township offers great prices on lift tickets for the weekdays if you go to their main office, but I’m not 100% sure that hasn’t changed in the past few years. (Worth calling to find out.) But we went on a weekend. When Like2Ski didn’t have a trip. So we paid full-price, albeit not for an entire full-day pass.
But we got our rentals at a place on the road to the resort. I saved $30 by not getting them at Seven Springs. We carpooled. So we saved a little bit of money.
But skiing for cheap wasn’t the point. The point was getting out there and doing something we love to do. The point was seeing and connecting with people that I haven’t in…too long of a time. The point was to have fun.
And we did. I took a day off from my absolutely insane routine. The world didn’t end. I spent a little bit of money on myself. My bank account didn’t overdraw, and our financial goals didn’t disappear into oblivion.
It’s good to work hard, but it’s equally good to enjoy life. My family is the number one thing that makes life worth living. I’ll always work hard to make life the best I can for them. But it’s okay for me to say that skiing is somewhere further down on that list, too. Even if it’s an expensive hobby, it’s worth spending some money on every once in a while. Because it’s a part of my verse.
What non-essential part of your budget is worth every penny?