I have a small sailing dinghy, a Topper, that I race on the Otago Harbour which provides some of the most scenic and challenging inshore sailing in New Zealand. There are 8 or more sailing clubs around the Harbour and in the season - from September to April - there are races every weekend and some in the evening during the week.
This winter, after a break of several years, I managed to get several weekends of skiing. Cardrona, near Wanaka, provides beautifully groomed, wide open runs that make an intermediate like me feel elegant and amazingly competant. It was not until I ventured onto the neighbouring field of Treble Cone that I found just how intermediate I really am. The narrow chutes and steeper terrain jettisoned me back into a pole flailing, snow ploughing, awkward novice.
30 years meditating and I'm still not enlightened!!! That was the promise when I started! Nevertheless, I wouldn't be without it. It is the only thing that reliably smooths out the chasms and jagged peaks of life. Well, meditating and Yoga. How do you manage, all you folk who say you just don't have time to do it?