So It Begins..

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I’ve booked my very first lesson for after final exams. I had the option to begin with a day long course, four combined lessons or five individual lessons, and opted to go for the four combined lessons in the theory that it would give me more time on the snow and is also better value for money, especially when factoring in my travel time.

As soon as the next few weeks weeks are up I’ve got over three months of summer where the only thing I need to be doing is playing the violin and getting myself into a fit enough state both mentally and physically to be able to play at my best, which I’m hoping snowboarding is going to help with.

Naturally I’m excited because it’s always been something that I’ve wanted to try, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t also extremely scared about going to my first lesson. What if I don’t like it after all? What if I’m the only woman in the group? What if I fall and break something on the first day? I suppose the saving grace is that I will be in a group with only complete beginners, so at least I don’t need to worry about embarrassing myself as theoretically we’ll all be falling.

Thinking more rationally, what are the chances I won’t like it, really? I’ve not yet met somebody who’s decided they hated it, not once they got over the initial learning curve, and my love for spectating snowboarding should surely pass across.

Secondly, who cares if I’m the only woman in the group, and why should I? It’s 2016, I can do whatever the hell I want.

Thirdly, well.. that one is a difficult one. If I fall and break something, I will have an issue. However, I read somewhere that after your first lesson the risk of injury dramatically decreases, so fingers crossed if I can get some basics down and learn how to fall more safely I should be fine. At least if I break a leg or injure my ankles or knees, it won’t affect my studies too much since the main worry as a violinist is my hands and fingers. Needless to say, I’ve purchased wrist guards to be on the safe side.

So, 24th May. I’m counting down the days already.

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