Just about anything you do in life is dangerous and you have to weigh the risk verse the reward. When you’re driving your car up to the mountain and you pass another vehicle you could potentially be seconds away from death or you could be seconds away from getting past them and being on your way. It’s a total gamble but most of us take that risk without a second thought and continue on with our lives. Snowboarding is risky yet any of us that strap in and call ourselves snowboarders do it without a second thought.
Why is it that we risk life and limb for our own reasons when we ride? Is it the release from society and freedom that snowboarding gives us? Or is it the adrenalin rush that kick starts our heart? Everyone has their own reasons on why we do things.
Sadly yesterday Free Skiing lost Sarah Burke to a tragic half pipe accident and it once again puts into perspective the risks verse rewards that we as snow enthusiasts face and more so what the professional athletes face. Dave from Agnarchy had a nice little write up putting it in perspective.
My friend Ted said it best, “even if you don’t die while trying some trick, every one of us will die some day. I’d rather have gone for something than spent an entire life wondering what if?” He’s right that’s part of the reward factor for us as snowboarders. We might evaluate the risks and sometimes we walk away but if we go for it there’s no more what if factor. Injuries happen and sometimes they end a chapter in your life or your life entirely. I’ve had my share of minor to serious life threatening injuries from snowboarding yet I continue to ride. Why? Because snowboarding gives me a reward I have never felt anywhere else.
Sadly for some the risks do outweigh the rewards and that first injury is what ends their jaunt into snowboarding. They let the risk outweigh the reward and now have an injury that has instilled fear in them and that controls them now.
For anyone reading this whether you’re a seasoned rider or a first timer don’t let that fear over shadow the reward. Just be smart with what you’re doing and calculate those risks and what you’ll get out of it. Life’s short and we’re all going to die so at least make something out of the time you’re here before you become worm food.