2020 is quickly coming to an end and for many it could not come soon enough. To say the last nine months have been challenging is an understatement. There is no need for me to rehash how life as we knew it has been turned upside down. And how there is a faint glow beginning to appear at the end of the proverbial tunnel. We all hope 2021 is drastically different from 2020 but only if it is better than what we just went through. I am a glass half full kinda gal and I choose to remain hopeful that calmer waters are ahead. Just how far ahead remains to be seen but we will get there… eventually.
Thanksgiving has come and gone and despite feeling like there is not much to be thankful for this year there are a few reasons to say “thanks.”
There are plenty of reasons to “LET the door hit 2020 in the *bleep*” on its way out. I am as ready as anyone to ‘get back to normal.’ My heart goes out to anyone who has been negatively affected by the pandemic. We have all been touched by it in one way or another. But despite all the heartaches and headaches and inconveniences this last year has brought there are a few things I am grateful for.
I am grateful for my family and the strength, sacrifice, and commitment they have shown in the past year. I am grateful for my Foresight family – all the guides, shadows, and board members that support me and this incredible organization. I am grateful for all the teachers, chaperones, family members and friends who bring our VIPs to Vail and Beaver Creek each year so they can feel the thrill, excitement, and freedom of skiing. And I am grateful for all our blind and visually impaired participants. Their grit, determination and perseverance inspire me beyond words.
2021… Welcome. It’s nice to meet you.
Happy holidays and best wishes for good health for you and those you love.
Thoughts from our Visually Impaired Participants (VIPs)
… In Their Own Words
Bill Johnson skis with Foresight Ski Guides every season, sometimes multiple times a season. Bill participated in #FSGdancelikenobodyswatching. Watch his story below.
Confessions from a Foresight Ski Guide – Greg Brozovich
Greg and Peter, Seattle, WA - August 2, 1995
Guiding Peter was instantly a life changing experience. I was now interested in expanding my knowledge and acquiring the necessary skills to continue guiding individuals who are blind and visually impaired. I joined NSCD as a volunteer ski guide and developed an affection for those on the “Sunday Blind Bus.” The Sunday Blind Bus brought children and adults with unique cognitive and physical limitations to Winter Park for a day of skiing.
Volunteering was a transformative experience for me. It continues to be a way for me to give back to the sport that has been a significant part of my life for nearly five decades. Volunteering enriches my life in so many positive ways. I am rewarded every time I meet, greet, and guide a VIP. Their unwavering enthusiasm and willingness to challenge themselves is what keeps my passion alive and what keeps me committed year after year.