Yes, skiing is a lot of fun, but there are a lot of things that are a lot of fun. Why do you ski?
I gave this some thought recently. Skiing the slalom course in particular is a huge commitment of time and energy. Why do I choose to commit so much time and energy to it?
Here’s why: For me it’s because it’s such an insane challenge and I need that in life. Skiing the slalom course at at a high level takes more grit and determination than just about any hobby out there. I can do really well at most things with minimal effort, but not skiing. It keeps me in check, keeps the ego at the door, and reinforces the benefits of hard work and a plan. Grit.
The course is like a little floating analog for life. The more honest with yourself you are, the more humble and methodical you are, the more determined and open-minded you are, the better you’re going to do in the course. The boat and the buoys are (largely) unwavering and after each pass when you settle down at the end of the course you have another crack at that playing field. What are you going to do?