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Sunday, November 19, 2017

learning to dance

This weekend officially marks 2 weeks in Park City. Honestly, I can’t believe how fast the time has flown by. Everything is still going steady eddy for me, except for the weather. I’ve experienced 60 degree sunny days and an all out blizzard during the short time that I’ve been here. Watching the snow come down for hours on Friday and turning my backyard into a winter wonderland was nothing short of amazing. Something about the first big snowfall of the season will never lose it’s magic. Now, I’m just waiting for the resorts to open so I can ski. 

I finally purchased my EPIC ski pass—which includes unlimited, unrestricted access to 15 different ski resorts all over the country and Canada (Park City included)—for $899. Considering a typical 1 day lift ticket is around $100 across the country, the epic pass is truly..EPIC! Not bad, not bad at all. I almost purchased a season pass to Deer Valley as well until I found out they were a whopping $2,685!! I guess I’ll stick to day passes when I shred DV. 

I’ve continued to meet a variety of different people since I’ve been here. I go out of my way to introduce myself, because well, what choice do you have when you know no one. People can’t fathom that I drove 2,000 miles across the country by myself to move to a new city where I know absolutely no one.  

However, I truly believe that when you desperately want to change your life, you’ll do whatever it takes. For me, that meant packing up my car to drive 4,12hr days to reach a new state, to start a new life…all by myself. My parents have asked me if I’m lonely. I’d be lying if I said I never get lonely, who wouldn’t? No established friends (yet), no family. I prepared myself for this feeling, I knew this was a part of the gig. So, I don’t let it bother me too much. If anything, this move has a been a tremendous reminder of the incredible people I left back home—especially my family. 

I would much rather have the feelings I do now towards my unforeseeable future than the hopeless confusion I had at home. Life change is scary but you know what’s scarier than change? Regret. I love waking up in the morning with no “what ifs.” Because I took a chance, everyday I get to wake up with “now what.” 

Talk about new beginnings, nobody knows who the heck I am here, and it’s been very refreshing. Out here I can be whoever I want to be because people know nothing about me. No labels from back home attached to me. Out here, I am just Laura from Upstate New York, 24 years old, here to ski bum. Sounds simple, but to me, invigorating. 

I am learning to take each day as it comes. Having a strong, go-getter personality, sometimes I can get 10 steps ahead of myself. I have this bad habit of expecting to be further ahead than where I’m at. For example, last week I found myself getting frustrated that I didn’t have a friend yet…after being in PC for 5 days (lol). It’s true, patience is a virtue. Being in a hurry to improve yourself only slows down the process. So, I have begun to appreciate each day for what it is. Being in a new city, everyday I learn and discover something new. I remind myself that that’s what I need to focus on—what is being accomplished, not what isn’t. Everything will happen at the right time. So for now, I am immersing myself in the change and learning to dance. 

2 weeks of adventure down & a helluva lot more to go. 

Keep on keepin’ on—
XX, Laura 

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