Many of my friends say that Im one of the most motivated snowboarders they’ve ever met. I can agree with them that I do have extra amount of motivation for days on snow when in fact you should just stay in bed. But I have to admit one thing, that motivation also brings out my weakest side in my personality and that is impatience.
When I was competing I had no problem to wait because I knew that competitions would need to happen in certain time and no matter how the weather is the event would most likely going to run. It was very easy for me to focus and try to perform at my highest level. I really did not care about conditions because only thing that mattered was the result.
When I started to film and snowboard in mountains the game changed. Suddenly weather became a huge factor since you can not get great shots if conditions are not good. Very fast I started to notice that the motivation that had bring me this far in my career was sometimes very overwhelming to handle. I realized I did not have control over anything…except trying to figure out my own behavior. This also meant that the days of individual success were behind and I needed to become a real team player since one of the most important things in mountains is to have a group of people who share the similar passion. But even if passion is the same the approach might differ from yours and this is where I’ve had the most learning to do towards filmers and fellow riders.
To give you an example: Usually when we are on a filming trip, Im the one who wants to get out right away. While rest of the crew is still drinking their morning coffee Im already running around and feeling anxious to go. My mind starts telling me that Im on a snowboard trip and Im here to shred so why chill when you can be out there making turns. This can be seen as just an eagerness but in fact it is a habit that I’ve learned over the years. I treasure this motivation that can sometimes appear as an obsession but I’ve started to understand that I need to be able acknowledge when it goes over the board because if it’s coming out wrong way it can create tension in the group. Luckily Im usually spending time in mountains with people who know when Im getting too ¨powder hungry¨ and their mellow behavior on these situations also gives me confidence that we actually do have time to do lot of things and I will get my needed fix of snowboarding:)
Ocean teaches surfer, food teaches cook….Learning patience is different for everyone. For me playing in mountains is the best thing that could have happened. Without challenges that mountain environment creates I could not have understood what my biggest weakness is. Understanding that sometimes things that have worked in past might not work anymore is so important because it’s the only way to get better understanding of yourself and become better in things you are passionate about.
Im still on the road of learning about myself and I don’t think I will ever stop. It’s the best way to keep on playing! Thanks for reading this little piece. I’d be interested to hear what kind of things you’ve learned about yourself in things you do?