Skiing is more than an activity I do for fun. It has influenced my life in so many ways and has made me become the person I am today. Skiing has made me become an individual and taught me to be myself. It has made become a dedicated hard worker, and it has made me become more outgoing and sociable.
When you are just cruising down the slope or throwing down tricks in the terrain park, creating your own style and being different is one of the most fun things about skiing. It is all about being yourself. Since skiing has such a big influence on me, being myself transitions into my everyday life. I always try to do my own thing and try to be an individual. Also being yourself and being different is more fun than being like everyone else anyway.
Skiing has also made me become a dedicated hard-working person. When I am trying to learn a new trick or get better at turning, I am often frustrated when I cannot seem to get it right. I will spend an entire day if I have to, to get it perfected, just to better myself. It is the same thing outside of skiing. When I am working on a task whether it is school or a job, I cannot stop until it is done or I am satisfied with it. Sometimes I will stay up all night if I have to, to get the task done.
I am also a more outgoing sociable person because of skiing. One of favorite things to do while skiing is meeting new people on the chair lift. I have met so many different kinds of people on chair lifts. I have met old seasoned skiers sharing their experiences with me, I have met people new to skiing and have given them advice, and I have even met people my age that I have ended up being friends with off the mountain. I am just so used to talking to different kinds of people I find it easier to communicate with others in everyday life.
Skiing is such an important part of my life. It has shaped my personality in so many ways making me the person I am today. Thanks to skiing I am always myself and an individual. I am a dedicated hard-working person, and I am more outgoing and better at communicating with others.
To most, skiing is a family vacation for a week or two every-other-year where a total of 15 hours maximum are actually spent on the snow. For me, it is much more than this. Skiing has become part of my lifestyle and has helped me grow to be more patient, dedicated, and social all the while keeping my individuality.
(TELL HOW it has had an influence on you - HOW has it made you more of an individual - WHY this is important)
Talk about your patience level BEFORE you started to ski, then talk about your patience level after you started skiing. Talk about the gratification of working hard to accomplish your goals from learning a new trick to watching/helping someone else. Maybe also throw in here how's it's healthy because you're getting a good workout when you ski and exercise raises endorphin levels.
Dedication: This goes along with the increase of patience. Talk about how when you're dedicated you are able to generate your own success, and then how this relates to your everyday work ethic and how you feel that this dedication will help throughout your education and your drive for success.
Social: Skiing is a social activity. Often I have found myself sharing stories with others while riding up the chair lift, and nothing I have done thus far generates the same amount of comradeship when slipping up the mountain in the blistering cold morning anticipating those first turns and scoping lines from the chair. (Now - talk about how this has made you a better person and made it easier to talk to others in general, and why that's relevant.)
Individuality: why it's important to you. Talk about how skiing is a constructive way of expressing yourself as an athlete/physically/ect while perhaps gangbanging or sitting on the couch eating twinkies etc is not, maybe throw in a statistic about Americans and how the obesity level is raising in this country and skiing does combat that, especially if you workout during the summer so that you're in shape during the winter, talk about how it's a holistic discipline for you, it's not just a "winter sport".
Conclusion: Skiing has become a prominent aspect of my life, and helped me to become more patient, dedicated, and social. Through skiing I have been able to keep and show my individuality and be a part of a community, a collective soul. It is my holistic discipline and it is one of my outlits, and I feel that it has benefited me in so many more ways than being "just a recreational activity".