For my entire life I have been someone who enjoys challenging myself. It started when I was young always trying to be more like the boys. Always trying to prove myself because I was tiny and I knew it. I always wanted to be better at sports, smarter in school, a better best friend. I was always striving to do my best even if I wasn’t the best at whatever I was doing.
I’m not sure that I realized this behavior when I was young but in the past few years I have definitely come to realize this about myself. When I moved to Colorado my goal was to get better at snowboarding. When I met Matt I was determined to become the best girlfriend. Now don’t get me wrong here, I am not “the best” at anything that I do. The boys have always outdone me in sports, there are always smarter people than me who think of something first. But I like to think that I try hard to be the best in my own head.
Recently I decided to learn how to ski again. I began skiing when I was 6 years old. I skied up until 8th grade or so and then switched to snowboarding because it was the cool thing to do and I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could do it. Fast forward many years later, I am fairly decent at snowboarding. So naturally I needed a new challenge and have decided to learn how to ski again.
I truly enjoy the challenge of learning something new. Matt sometimes tells me that I change my mind too often on my hobbies, but I think it’s more of an interest in learning new things and accepting new challenges. Skiing is hard. Going from one plank to two feels like a whole new world. It’s a bummer sometimes not to ski in the trees where I would normally be on my board. But learning the new skill and starting to get better at it feels good.
I think that it’s really important to consistently challenge yourself, whether it’s a new hobby, sport, business idea, etc. It’s good to get frustrated with yourself every once in awhile. It reminds you that you’re human and that you need to push yourself out of the comfort zone sometimes.
Yesterday was a pow day and instead taking a few laps on my snowboard, I decided to take my skis out. I had so much fun and really tried to push my comfort zone and guess what? I stepped it up a notch in my skiing and felt really great about that day. Now I can’t wait to get out there and do it again!