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Bliss=Skiing, What’s Your Bliss?

October 27, 2013

From Free Dictionary

bliss  (bls) n.

1. Extreme happiness; ecstasy.
2. The ecstasy of salvation; spiritual joy.
Etymology: Middle English blisse, from Old English bliss, from blths, from blthe, joyful; see blithe
   As a child, I found bliss in the pool. I found it when I was dancing. I found it while having birthday parties. I can remember watching my mother make us homemade ice cream on our back porch, and all of my friends sitting on the deck bench waiting anxiously. I thought it was perfect. I didn’t know it then, but that was my bliss at the time and my parents did a wonderful job of putting me into arenas and environments where reaching my bliss was a possibility, if that thing or experience was in fact the perfect experience for me. As you are growing into yourself, the whole fruit that is, learning and discovering those things where bliss happens regularly is key. It is so good when you can get your bliss!
   Most of us craft our bliss through a strategy known as balance, but the best kinds of bliss are those moments you don’t see it coming: the first touch of someone, the first time you try a new sport, when you hold an instrument, or hear a band. The finish line of a run. The pure exhaustion at the end of a yoga class. The descent of a mountain. The first fishing trip. Those first times of a new thing when you realize you don’t ever want to live without it again. Not that we always get what we want, but those burning bliss moments-no matter the conclusion, never go away.
   My dad took me skiing for the first time when I was four. I don’t remember it, but what I know for sure is that I never tire of skiing, and each day or trip that I spend on sticks, without fail, brings me to my bliss.
    It’s 40 degrees and rainy right now, but I’m going skiing for the first time this season today! I cannot wait!
   As some of us head into our winter months, I hope:
A. That you know how to reach your bliss
B. That you grab it every chance you get
Campbell Tract

Campbell Tract

Girdwood Nordic

Girdwood Nordic

Exit Glacier Exit Glacier

Alyeska

Alyeska

Barber Cabin, Russian Lakes Trail

Barber Cabin, Russian Lakes Trail

Russian River Falls

Russian River Falls

Russian Lakes

Russian Lakes

View from Refuge, Anchorage

View from Refuge, Anchorage

James Lake Cabin

James Lake Cabin

Nancy Lakes

Nancy Lakes

Nancy Lakes

Nancy Lakes

Arctic Valley

Arctic Valley

Hillside

Hillside

Oosik Ski Race, 2013

Oosik Ski Race, 2013

Colorado Creek Trail, Fairbanks, AK

Ski for Women, 2011

Ski for Women, 2011

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8 Comments
  1. Brenda permalink

    Beautiful photos, and your bliss shines through! What a gift to discover your bliss in even one area of life, and to be open to bliss in all of life is a blessing!

    • Laura Hilger permalink

      Thanks, Glad you stopped by! You are a model of what I write about here, that’s for sure! Looking forward to seeing you soon.

  2. Great pics! How can you resist the bliss when you are in these beautiful and enchanting places? I love it! : )

    • Laura Hilger permalink

      Thanks! Glad you stopped by-yes the world is full of beautiful places and I’m one of the lucky ones who gets to live in Alaska! I wish you bliss of your own.

  3. Love the message in this post! I feel that bliss whenever I spend time outside – usually when I’m running or hiking. I’d love to learn how to ski though, it looks awesome!

    • Laura Hilger permalink

      Awesome, I love hiking as well, but I can’t seem to get into snowshoeing so I do much less of it during winter. Running is so hard and good all at the same time. Thanks for stopping by!

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