“Sometimes beauty is found in the ordinary when you look at it from another perspective.”
It was a snowy winter in Austria, when one of my fondest memories was created. It was then that I went skiing for the first time, something I had always wanted to try. All my family members living in Austria were experts at skiing because they did it a lot in school.
We got in the car and drove to a nearby village. It was so beautiful to slowly ride up the mountain and see the village and the valley out of the window. It was indeed something else to actually be in the mountains where I always looked from below.
Unfortunately I couldn’t ski with my family because I never had ski lessons. So I had to get private lessons then. I didn’t think that it was difficult because I saw a 5-year old kid skiing next to me. As I stepped on the skies for the first time I slid backward and almost fell off the mountain. I was still a pretty safe distance from the cliff, but the moment I landed on the snow and looked around me, I wasn’t thinking about my fall or that I couldn’t ski, but how beautiful the view was from up there. I got up again and started with the lessons. After that time I was able to ski, more or less.
What made that memory so special to me was that I always looked at the mountains and wished to go up there and see the view from there. I wanted to see a new perspective of the landscape that I always saw and fulfill my wish to ski. If you scratch flying in an airplane, being on that mountain was metaphorically speaking the highest point I’ve reached.
No matter how many times I’m in Austria with my family, even though it’s the same place, it always feels like a new experience.
Ultimately you are the person deciding to stay inside doing nothing, or head outside and do something exciting you always wished to do or see. Sometimes beauty is found in the ordinary when you look at it from another perspective.
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