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Updated on November 28, 2015

My Peace and Solice

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The First Time Cross Country Skiing

She holds the poles firmly for support, catching her breath. Probably did at least 2 miles so far. Although she's not terribly athletic, the smooth slide of the cross country skis made this exercise fun and inspired her to keep going. Didn't even fall once yet, she thought while bracing for the second half of her run back to the cabin. Aside from a few skiers, it was quiet in the woods and the air felt sharp. She took a deep breath and exhaled steam as she pushed back onto the trail.

When her friend had offered to drive them up to Frost Valley, New York for hiking and cross country skiing, She almost declined. She had terrible stamina when it came to doing things like this. Often she pooped out and was left behind as her friends seemed to have endless energy and could go on and on.

After that time, she only got to cross country ski once more. It was with her husband and cousins out at Lake Tahoe in California. It was late winter and she found getting back on the skis feeling natural and even joyful. Somehow her energy seemed better when skiing. It was so warm you just needed a tee shirt. This left her with an almost surrealistic quality of floating above snow in warm air.

Since those events years ago, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. This disease taps your energy - sometimes a lot, sometimes not so much. Symptoms can range from no apparent symptoms to being paralyzed and permanently bedridden.

Circumstance kept her from making cross country skiing a regular thing. But she promised herself if she ever lived in an area with enough snow, she would get skis and ski regularly every year, even if it was just in her own backyard. Luckily with exercise, medication, and a life style change; she was maintaining quite well. MS left her with a weak left side but with a reduction in stress, she was gaining strength and hardly even used her stairlift anymore. In this new location she just moved into, it usually snowed several times a year and they had a flat area of land to ski in. Now's the time to finish this goal that's been on her bucket list.

This is my inspiration - my visualization board. Here's a tip: take a photograph of your board and make it part of your computer screensaver (a lot less bulky).

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On My Bucket List - to cross country ski at least once or twice a year.

Many of my dreams have come true and many are in the process of coming true. Can you find the cross country skier on my board?

This is the year. I am scoping out an inexpensive used pair of backcountry skis on Craigslist that can get me started. We are making a family trip to the Massanutten Resort which is just over the mountain from us. While my daughters take downhill ski and snowboarding lessons (they haven't decided which yet), I'll be driving to that flat part of the hills to the snow covered bicycle path and try out my skis. I have it all planned out where I'll bring a chair to be placed right next to the snow to help me get into and out of the skis. I will practice lying on the ground and getting up by myself (a necessary skill). And you know what? Just thinking about it makes the joy come back.

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a major inspiration for me. A fascinating journey into stroke and recovery.

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose I read this many times. A great book to come back to again and again to help you live in the moment.

You keep moving - not for a cure - but to inspire you and keep your body strong and flexible so that if the symptoms do improve, you are ready.

— Kim Milai
Spiritual Adventures in the Snow: Skiing & Snowboarding as Renewal for Your Soul (Art of Spiritual Living)
Spiritual Adventures in the Snow: Skiing & Snowboarding as Renewal for Your Soul (Art of Spiritual Living)

This book has good insight on the meditative quality of cross country skiing. It's enjoyable read that I know I'll come back to.

 

Massanutten Resort on the Map

A markerSnow tubing, downhill, snow boarding and a water park! -
1822 Resort Drive
McGaheysville, VA 22840
get directions

Additional Information

Here is the location of the ski resort nearest me, Massanutten Resort. They don't have cross country trails but have bike trails you could try out on cross country skis if you're adventurous! The Resort specializes in snow tubing, downhill, snow boarding, and even have an indoor water park! Surrounded by beautiful mountains.You can find out more information on MS from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Popeye and Skiing

Cross Country Skiing for Beginners

How to Cross County Ski

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      @Pat Goltz: Thank you for your words of encouragement. My husband would agree with you, he hates the cold and misses California.

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      Pat Goltz 3 years ago

      Good on you! I've never been brave enough to try skiing of any kind. For one thing, cold weather and I do NOT get along. But it was inspirational reading about your efforts. Keep it up.

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      yoursfoolie 3 years ago

      You go, girl...

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      @Pam Irie: So grateful for your encouragement. Thank you veryirie. :)

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      @Arachnea: I can agree, there are many layers of benefit to pursue your goals and dreams.

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you FreshStart7, I took a chance and tried it that way. Plus I was a little shy being the center of this story ha ha.

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      @ecogranny: I am touched by your words Graceonline. Here's hoping that cross country skiing is in both our futures! :)

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Sounds like quite a challenge. It's good to set goals. To me, it's the persistence in trying to accomplish something that makes it worthwhile.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      YAY You!!! :)

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Raed like a novel, kimmilai, with a protagonist I know :)

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      You probably get tired of hearing this, but your story is inspiring. Thank you for sharing it. I haven't been on cross country skis in years, though I know many people my age think nothing of getting on them. If I keep your image in mind, and "just keep going," perhaps I can indulge in the sport once more. There is nothing like the absolute stillness of a forest with new-fallen snow, broken by the gentle sound of skis shushuing rhythmically. Sheer joy.

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      @SteveKaye: Thank you Steve Kaye

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      Lovely story. I've never done skiing but have always thought that if I again live in a snowy region I'll give cross-country a try, since inherent in it is the enjoyment of my favorite landscapes.

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: I've never been athletic and I'm too scared for downhill, but the first time I did cross country it was so much fun I didn't mind getting tired!

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      @Judy Filarecki: That's so important to enjoy what you're doing. Now I'm visualizing a home in the mountains (have) and a vacation spot where it's warm (future?)

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      @ohcaroline: I will, thank you for the inspiration. :)

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      @esmonaco: Thank you so much for visiting.

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      @Zeross4: Thank you, now I've been dreaming about it, especially with the Olympics right now!

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      @Merrci: Thank you so much! :)

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      Congratulations on this wonderful, inspiring story.

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      Judy Filarecki 3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      I loved cross country skiiing when I lived in the cold country of northern New York, but now I'm in a warmer climate where I've replaced the skiing with tennis four times a week. Either way, I'm enjoying life.

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      ohcaroline 3 years ago

      Good for you Kim. Just keep moving and keep going. Don't ever give up.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      What a wonderful story, I loved it, good luck and keep on going!!!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      I bet you had a lot fun cross country skiing! I dreamed I was skiing last night believe it or not- strange thing. I can't stand the cold, and I have no clue how to ski but I dreamed I was skiing away last night. Told my fiancé and he just looked at me funny. Well I hope you have a lot of fun on the family trip you are planning, have a great day!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      A sweet lens! Thanks for sharing it with us.