Academic journal article Journal of Evolutionary Psychology

Learning to Ski in Middle Age

Academic journal article Journal of Evolutionary Psychology

Learning to Ski in Middle Age

Article excerpt

Yes, this is life! the face of the fragile bush for a backdrop Dusted with confectioners' sugar sweetness but real. Luring with picture postcard allure but true winds the trail.

Toasty-warm, skin-tight clothes , securely sheltered, my face laughs in the face of slap-happy, wet snow. My sinews and my bones well-oiled machine, emboldened by their boldness, I slink and turn and glide ...

Fatigue fell off the first fumbling steps off the T-bar, now the suppressed dreams of childhood have come true--free flight. The knees take the lead, the rest docilely follow, the laws of physics combine forces to prolong the caper.

More, morel Where have you been all my life, skiing? Even as I snowplow, traverse fall in space, the hunger rises for more. There must be more to it and I must learn it--stemming, and then the hypnotic dance, snaking down the slope parallel! Ah, pray for snow! This winter must never end ...

At night, dreams carry on the work of the daytime. Now the subconscious instructs how to turn. Muscles and nerves, good children, practice their lessons, relaxing, flexing, following Teacher's words. Awakening, the whole class cries, again, again--we need to practice, please take us to snow! …

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