December 3 – Moment.
Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors).
(Author: Ali Edwards)
Wow, this is a tough one. I've had some pretty intense experiences this year, all of which happened while I was outside. I feel most alive immersed in nature. I think one of my most prominent "alive" moments happened when I summitted my first 14'er, but that doesn't count since it happened in 2009. Another one from this year was my first concert at Red Rocks. I went to see Gogol Bordello and Primus in August and it was a perfect night. I cannot confirm or deny the existence of substances which may have heightened said experience, so this one doesn't count either.
This year, one of my most "alive" days was when I turned in my thesis and took off to Breckenridge for a bluebird day of late-season skiing. It was the last week that Breck was open and it had just snowed two inches the night before. I woke up, emailed my thesis to my committee, and peaced out. It was one of the most perfect days: sunny, warm and I had a great day on my fatties (which had thrown me a learning curve last season). There was almost no one there (seeing as it was a Wednesday in April) and I had so many moment and trails to myself. I tried skiing backwards without fear of falling (or, more importantly, of being made fun of). The air was fresh and crisp, and it still smelled like winter. The picture I took from the top of Peak 10 was my background on my laptop for a long time.
I also had to make a difficult phone call that day. Back in the parking lot, I dialed my friend back in PA (who I had known since I was 12) to offer my condolences. Her mother had passed away after a long battle with breast cancer. I hadn't spoken to this friend in years, and it was nerve-racking to dial her number. It's funny how friendship maintains itself though; and it was odd how she ended up offering words of comfort to me. She was sad, but at peace with the situation, and just glad that she was able to spend her mom's final moments by her side. That moment was a life-affirming one - that the powers of friendship and love are stronger than death, stronger than stress and more powerful than fear.
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