It’s difficult to describe the exhilaration of hurtling down a snowy slope to those that have never experienced the joys of skiing. A huge number of people enjoy taking a well earned break and heading off to the mountains for their holidays but skiing can mean much more to those who have had their lives radically changed by the sport.
For many people, skiing becomes a way of overcoming difficulties in their personal lives, relieving the stress of a hard work schedule or a way of finding time to spend with loved ones. Here we take a look at some of the many ways in which skiing can change your life.
Relief From Work
One of the principal ways in which skiing can have a hugely positive affect on your life and change your perspective is by providing an opportunity to escape the daily pressures of the workplace. The office can be an extremely stressful place to be at times and usually has a great impact on your personal life and relationships.
Finding a way to forget these pressures, let go and enjoy yourself can be difficult but is usually necessary. Many skiers find that hitting the slopes for a short weekend or longer holiday is the perfect way of forgetting all those little things that weigh on your mind during the typical work week.
As opposed to those who look to skiing to escape the reality of their usual working lives, many choose to ski as a way of embracing the way you are and what you can do. Murray Bartram, sometimes known as ‘The Flying Muzz,’ is one such example. Born with cerebral palsy, Bartram was supported by devoted parents who wanted to see his passion for sports realised. After discovering snowboarding and skiing at the age of 14, he fell in love with the sport and became a keen ski racer.
Unfortunately, Murray’s father was diagnosed with terminal cancer and passed away shortly after. Skiing became not just a way of realising Bartram’s sporting ability but also a powerful means of getting through the grief he was feeling at this difficult time.
Like any extreme sport, skiing and snowboarding have elements of danger to them. While this is what makes them exciting and incredibly appealing, it also provides the perfect opportunity to learn an amazing array of life saving skills.
Being able to look after someone that’s been hurt or injured on the slopes and knowing exactly what it is that needs to be done to ensure someone’s safety can be a life changing skill that comes in hand in all walks of life. The same is true of the physical fitness required for a tough day on the slopes.
While it may not seem obvious at first glance, such skills can change lives even once you’ve left the slopes and arrived back home.
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