An unfortunate reality…
Most educators spend more time with other people’s children than their own.
As a student, and parent, this has worked out very well for me. I’m grateful for our teachers, mentors and coaches.
Last season, I spent a lot of time in Vail and noticed a gap between Vail Resort’s youtube clips and my actual experience with their first responders. I’ve been considering, “What are the qualities required to lead in the mountains?”
This season, there’s a new boss for Vail. She’s done fantastic work at Beaver Creek and I’m sure her team will sort it out. Everyone looked super-peppy during opening week. Maybe the grumpy guys retired?!
I spent months mentally rehashing my letter to the new boss. Gradually, I turned my “you could be so much more” mojo inwards, towards making myself a better father.
Since my son could stand up, he’s been passionate about heading uphill. I figured it would take me a decade to get him up to speed. I underestimated the guy and we’ve had a lot of fun over the last year, skiing, camping and hiking.
My son has been eating up The Way of the Warrior Kid. There’s an unexpected overlap between the Code of The Warrior Kid and what he learned at his Buddhist preschool. The code fits with what I’m seeking to achieve in my own life.
So that got me thinking… rather than figuring out how to fix grumpy ski-patrollers, why don’t we train ourselves to be the change.
- The best memories of my life (and my son’s) are in the mountains
- It’s a project we can enjoy for many years
- It’s a beautiful legacy to leave him
- It’s local
- There’s no judges, tournaments, competitions or rankings
- It provides huge motivation for me to stay in the game
What would our code look like? Here’s a draft and we can make it our own over the next few years.
- Fit For Purpose => strong, durable, resilient
- Skilled => able to get where we need to be, in any conditions
- Peer, Teacher & Student => learn from the experienced, share our knowledge and work with others
- Prudent => pause and consider consequences
- Prepared => we carry extra so we can help others
- Calm, Humble and Patient => Knowing I need much more of this at home, I will practice it in my favorite environment. These traits are also on my (hotshot) son’s “to do” list.
The lesson here isn’t about the mountains.
The mountains are our story.
The lesson is to pay attention to passion and use childhood interests to create a value system for navigating the world.
Let’s fill the world with positive memories for our children.