When does it end? I hope never.
03 Mar, 2009
During my trip back to Washington, I spent some time with my family which can always be interesting. The question got brought up if “I was still snowboarding and when it was going to end, when I would be done with it?”
I think my reply was something along the lines of no, never quitting and I’m happy with what I do. To some people it’s a hobby you might grow out of or something you do every now and then. I don’t think I could be that person that grows out of snowboarding and quits it like I was asked about.
I can’t imagine quitting something I love, am passionate about and live to breathe it. I can think back on one of the most negative times of my life when I went through knee surgery and being off the mountain, away from the shred, away from shred friends and how miserable I was during that time and think to myself that I never want to go through that intentionally. I’m sure I could have knee surgery again but I’d never want to forget about snowboarding.
I’m sure eventually I won’t ride as much, that there’s always the possibility that I could grow up and live off the mountain…but I see people who are double my age still snowboarding, living the shred and kicking my ass on the mountain and they inspire me that I never have to grow up…that I can still play, have fun and be happy.
Being able to talk about snowboarding and to just keep doing it, makes me happy. I was telling Dan from Casual Industries during my seattle visit, that I had one year where I was tired of snowboarding. Where the last thing I wanted to do was snowboard because of personal issues going on but once that stuff ended, the next year I was even stronger and more in love with it than ever. Since then I hadn’t looked back on that downtime except to contemplate and really think about what makes me happy…and that I won’t let someone take away from me.
I’ve never been one to follow the paths of others, I like to tread my own way and be independent because I know I can trust myself, my judgement and live life how I want to…not by others expectations. So I’ll continue to be that chick on the mountain, 25 years old and still being that snowboarder living life and happy.
Is snowboarding something that really ends? I guess that’s my question for everyone.