For Love of Skiing

I Corinthians 13:1-3:

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

What the h-e-double hockey sticks is a Biblical passage doing here for? Especially, when I have used the Church Lady as an epithet?

When growing up we were all told to do what you love and all the glories we seek will follow! Are you doing what you love? Are you making a living doing what you love? Do you even like what you are doing to earn your living? I have always been torn myself. I am a born geek, I love fiddling with computers and coding, still with most gigs I have had they have been centered on the computers. Others activities I have done I try to shoehorn into computing.

I love skiing. So of course, I have found a means to unify my passions for IT and skiing.

This effort is paying much bigger dividends this time around. Some of you may have been here for the initial birth of this site back in 2005. You know things are now different, my passion for this site and what it is about is hotter and I also believe to be better thought out. Instead of not writing about trips Upnorth I write about them, we all can relate to roadtrips with family and friends! Even if the experiences I write about are not exactly the same as yours, you can relate. My passion boils over and those thoughts and experiences escape my mental stockade onto the bitwriter. Interestingly enough, it is those articles that seem to get the most notice from others.

In order to write more and more informative pieces I am also educating myself on the details of skiing. This is the first time in a while I have had my skis tuned (well, they are in process) and even in the past when I would get them tuned, I would take them into a shop for the work. Now, I am doing it myself and will film and produce videos of the process. Not only does this mean I am taking care of my gear, but I am also learning the fine details of how the gear works.

This passion means the next time I go to a big-time ski area, I will hire an instructor to ski with me and give me pointers and tips. I consider myself a competent skier but not a great one, that extra feedback will help me get to the next level or give me extra confidence to ski with more aggression. Of course, I do not hesitate from sharing and will share all of that with you as much as possible.

The plans I talk above all seem centered on myself and there is some truth in that. They are most certainly self-centered if I keep the lessons and experiences to myself. If I take the above items and share them in an informative and educational manner, they will come to serve you. You will be able to learn from my experiences and my posts, and that is what I hope to do.

Even if it is only a sideline do what you love and are passionate about and seek to serve others.

Good Stuff!

1 Comment

  1. Hi Mark,

    I will admit, that even though I’m Queen of the Universe, I know absolutely nothing about skiing. So I have found your writing interesting and informative.

    I do see the passion and that is what makes reading your blog interesting. So keep on the way you’re going. I think you’re on the right track.

    Talk to you soon.

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