2019 was a bumper snow season and the second year of great snowfalls. With record snowfalls, increased visitor numbers and an extended season, it is no surprise that resort workers have also welcomed its end.
Do you like getting out of your comfort zone? Or, do you prefer to stay with your familiar, well known routines? Would you take a leap of faith across a gap in your experience and learning or stay put and consider the chasm as an onlooker? How do you mind the gap?
Nobody seems to want to get old … yet it is inevitable. Time slips by … like sand through the hourglass. Human life expectancy is increasing, so we better get used to getting older for longer and to maintaining our health. A Harvard study gives some useful insights.
Working overseas opens you up to change. You see new ways of doing things. You experience a new culture. You try a new language. For the time we are there, we call it home. That is, until we move to the next one. In this flexible lifestyle, what do we call home?
The snow in Hirafu is melting. Green is peeping through the spongey, sodden earth. There are signs of bamboo shoots, dripping roofs and new birds in the trees. It is spring and these are the signs of another ski season ending. Not all endings are so obvious.