Mornings (and Mondays) are a good time for reflection. Especially today. What, with the rain drops running down the windows, the Van Morrison playlist providing a playlist for my off-day to-do list, and my third cup of coffee sitting next to my computer, how could I not stop and consider the big questions. What will I make for dinner? How many emails can I send today? How long can I make a to-do list? When did “the jumping picture” become a thing?
I don’t know the answer to the first three questions. The fourth, however, is definitively during the Fall of 2012. In a foreshadowing of my current life, I spent my off term from Dartmouth (Fall 2012) training alongside the newly created SMS T2 team. Scrolling through my old facebook photos (some times I manage to embarrass even myself…yikes), I came across the first recorded jumping photo. On September 27th, 2012, Sophie and I leaped off a wall at the summit of Equinox, a nearby mountain in Manchester, VT. From there, the jumping photos just don’t seem to stop. Nearly all epic adventures, mountain tops, hard workouts, and every day occurrences seemed to be photographically captured via the jumping shot.
1. Prove that if we really wanted to, we could have been beach volley ball players
2. Prove that we can all count to three, all at the same time
3. Demonstrate that even after a hard workout, we can still leap into the air (fitness)
4. Because it’s part of our strength plan
5. Our best attempt at trying to capture just how happy, excited, and truly lucky we are to be doing the things we do.
Sometimes it’s hard to capture how awesome skiing is. And sometimes a “normal” picture just doesn’t seem to do it justice. I think the jumping photo is the closest thing we have to showing just how happy we are to be doing what we do. Even if it’s cliched and silly, I love the jumping shot. So let’s keep on jumpin’!