What have I learned?

The point of this trip was to ski, right? Well yes, that was a big part of it, but another part was to learn some things about myself through life experiences. To do some things that made me uncomfortable and see how far I could go. Someone I met along the way asked me the other day if I have any "words of wisdom" that I've learned in my travels. I thought about it, and here are a few things I've learned in my travels.

•Let the small things go. I had a few stumbles along the way and at times over reacted to them. In the scheme of things, not a big deal. Be grateful for what you have and don't let the annoyances get in your way.

•Talk to people. At the beginning of this trip I was still pretty quiet. By the time I got to Oregon, that had changed. Everyone I’ve interacted with since then has been so kind and welcoming, and they've shared some incredible stories with me. More about some of those individuals in another post soon.

•Do things that scare you, just do them carefully. At times fear has held me back, it kept me from doing many of the things I wanted to. Now, I take more risks but I just spend less time over thinking them. Don't let fear hold you back from doing what you want.

•Take more time to write. Remember your experiences, whether good or bad, big or small. There is so much you can learn from them.

•Don’t live in the past, but reflect on it and learn from it.

•If you imagine you can do it, you can. I would have never guessed any of this was possible less than a year ago. It might not be easy, but trust me, you can. We are are capable of more than we can imagine.

•Always be aware of what you can do to help others or to show them how you appreciate them. For some people a simple “thank you” is enough. For others, it might be a bit more. Just be aware of that as often as possible and do what you can to make someone else's day better. Quite a few people have made this possible for me, consider how you can do the same.