I have a dream.
To go skiing at lunch with my girlfriends. Instead of meeting at an overpriced restaurant in Stockholm, I see us gathering in the parking lot by the trail, strapping on our skis, and heading out together. In my dream, we catch up on life once we've conquered the first uphill stretch, stoping at the top to snap a few pictures of the view. But not for too long, as we all need to get back to work. It's Tuesday after all.
That was how my life looked when I lived in Sri Lanka, meeting up with friends for a morning surf at sunrise. That way of socializing is truly one of the best ways I know. The combination of movement, small talk between waves, and moments of awe when the sun sparkles over the sea.
My dream now is to create a similar routine, but on home turf. I don't own a mountain cabin yet, and even though there has been some snow in Stockholm this winter, it has felt challenging to make it happen.
So, when I was in Åre for a week, I thought "this is my chance". I had talked to several people about meeting up and simply started a group chat with all of them. The best girls Camilla Johansson, Jennie Nystedt, and Sara Gärdegård, whom I had never met IRL but only interacted with in the digital world.
Skis on, and off we went! The beauty of skiing on a Tuesday in harsh January must be that you're almost alone on the trails. I can tell you that we stopped a few times just to "say wow, wow, wow, how beautiful it is here". I think the pictures speak for themselves.
After about 2 hours outdoors, we were satisfied and headed down to Åre village for a warm soup lunch. Our discussions revolved around life, job interviews, and preparation. How prepared are we for a crisis, really?
Now, I have a new dream, and that is to cross-country ski behind an eager husky like the awesome Camilla.
My tips for checking off your outdoor bucket list:
- Say your dreams out loud!
- Gather a group that is already doing what you dream of. And dare to ask someone you don't know!
- Let everyone take responsibility. I often do myself a disservice by thinking I have to plan everything.
- Dare to express that you're a beginner if you are, and dare to ask for advice!
- Dress accordingly (check out our Astrid Wild's winter collection)
I hope I can inspire you to check off some of your bucket list dreams in 2024!