It’s the first real snow of the season here in Stowe, and as the snow drifts down, smoke from each of the many chimneys disappears into the linen-white sky. I decided to venture up here for a weekend of relaxation, because I’ve been quite stressed lately. It wouldn’t seem like I should be stressed, given my work situation, but i’ve just been worrying over what comes next for me after this amazing opportunity has passed.
Anyway, I arrived yesterday to the woodsy yet grand Stowe Mountain Lodge. Birch branches accent the warm rich wood columns that tower over the spacious lobby, leather couches and matching high backed chairs define little spaces around the large fireplace that completes the classic mountain lodge feel. Last night was a relaxed evening of dinner at the lodge restaurant and a movie in my room. Today, however, has been full of luxury. I woke up at 9am to walk over to the spa and enjoy an hour long deep tissue massage. Afterwords, I strode across the little village street for a coffee and some breakfast. The snow began shortly after that and, once I’d visited the performing arts center to pick up a ticket for tonight’s concert, I went for a snowy soak in the outdoor hot tub. Now I am in the lobby on one of those comfortable leather couches, watching the snow fall outside the massive glass windows that look out on the village and rest of the resort.
Needless to say, this weekend has already served its purpose, but I look forward to having a nice evening of good food, drink, and classical music. Then, in the morning I’ll head to Burlington to see some friends before heading back home.
Since I’ve been focused on relaxation and not my phone this weekend, I’ve had a lot of time to think about things that are stressing me out. One big realization I’ve had is that I often want to run away from things that are hard. I think this is because I don’t like feeling like i’m not good at something. However, this response is really detrimental to my overall growth since I’m obviously not good at everything I try. Thus, I’m going to actively work on that going forward. It’s important to remember that we aren’t just who we are today and that’s it. We can learn, change, and grow into better people – and I’m trying to.