#ItsOnlySnowboarding

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*Taps mic*

*Ahem…is…is this thing on?*

So, I’ve been thinking about this particular blog post for a little while now. Actually, since the season even began.

Here’s the thing. I unfortunately have developed anxiety over the last 18 months. From what, I’m not entirely sure to be honest. It might have been borne out of my wrist fracture and subsequent surgery. Thankfully, I’m lucky to have some amazing and supportive people around me and I’m comfortable talking about my situation. It’s great that in this day and age, there seems to be less and less stigmas attached to mental health issues.

Which brings me to snowboarding. It’s a funny thing, really. For me, snowboarding has been a huge part of my life, for more than half of my life. I’ve been snowboarding for 16 years. My now husband and I started snowboarding together. He proposed whilst snowboarding in New Zealand. We got married at Mt Hotham in Australia (and went snowboarding together that morning!). We had our honeymoon in Niseko, Japan. Now, we have relocated to Canada to enjoy snowboarding more, and enjoy the lifestyle we like.

More than this – snowboarding has connected me with some of the most incredible people all over the world. Other Australians, American’s, Canadians, Europeans and just everywhere in between. It’s just awesome. My life would not be the same without these people, these experiences and all of these memories. I wouldn’t trade any of it, for anything.

In saying all of that, it’s hard sometimes to not get ‘worked up’ over snowboarding. I think that’s pretty normal of any sport or hobby you invest a lot of time, effort and money into. Some days, everything seems great. My boots feel great, the board and I are one, I feel comfortable in my outerwear and I’m with an amazing crew.

Some days…well…some days everything falls apart. I can’t link a turn, I feel like I’m spending more time in lift lines than riding, my feet feel shitty, I can’t land a single trick and I just can’t get anything together at all.

Sometimes I feel like I’m missing out on good snow, or having fun with friends, but what I’ve learned is, whether you’re injured and out for a season or short time, or sick and or need a mental health day, whatever it be the bottom line is – it’s only snowboarding!  Chill your life and remember why you started doing this in the first place, because it puts a smile on your face!

The one and only saving grace for me is the people I surround myself with. For me, Zoë is my special person. Even when I’m at my worst, she’s the first one to remind me: #itsonlysnowboarding. Sometimes we do one run together and hit the bar. Sometimes we ride all day together and absolutely kill it.

Either way, it’s great to put things into perspective and remember that we live in paradise and a shitty day on the mountain, is better than a good day at work 😉

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