Getting Back on Skis

There are many reasons not to ski, and I’ve availed myself of most of them over the past two decades when asked why I gave up an activity I’d once loved. Cost was high on the list, followed by inconvenience, cold and risk to life and limb.

Last weekend, I shelved these concerns, along with questions like, “What if I have simply forgotten how?” and headed to Vermont. I was nervous but excited. Half my fantasies involved me carving up the slopes in clouds of powder, the other half sliding down an ice sheet on my backside, waving like a queen to spectators who stopped to gape.

Returning to a once-rewarding, now-abandoned activity is humbling, and, the older we get, increasingly rare. Who wants to chance looking silly? Who wants to willingly be bad at something?

I wasn’t bad at skiing. I wasn’t good, but within a handful of runs I had the hang of it again. What people had told me about “muscle memory” appeared to be accurate.

I’d forgotten how much fun it is to socialize while doing something active. You chat on the lift, then you get some alone time to think while you ski, and pick up the conversation again at the next meeting point. Socializing with breaks! And without phones! A way to “reclaim time as something other than a raw ingredient to be converted into productivity,” as Maggie Lange described a new book’s conception of hanging out in a recent Times story.

And let us not forget nature, as I nearly did, so focused was I on not falling. Once I’d regained my form, I could take in the frosty pines, the limited winter palate of sky and snow. I was a city-dwelling cliché, but that didn’t diminish the wonder.

The confidence I felt at rediscovering a skill was intoxicating. What else could I return to that I’d given up? Perhaps I should take up the clarinet again. Would my fingers naturally remember how to play “Eye of the Tiger”? Unlikely! But being a beginner has its own benefits.

It’s easy to fall into a trap of thinking we know ourselves and to get comfortable with that perceived self-knowledge. It keeps us safe, convinces us that we don’t require novelty, that we’re finished or nearly-finished works. It’s not true, of course, but sometimes we need reminders. What have you given up that you might return to? What long-dormant skill might you jostle awake? Tell me.

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