"When I was 16, I went on a skiing trip with my dad. I had never been skiing before and my dad was solidly proficient at skiing. After a few hours of failing on the bunny slopes, my dad asked if I was ready to try going down the mountain. I was apprehensive, but I wanted to keep up with my dad, so I said sure.

We get to the top of the mountain and my dad says, 'See you down there' and takes off.

I head on down right behind him and almost immediately eat it. This started a particularly unpleasant process of getting up, skiing for 20 or so feet, busting my butt, and lather rinse repeating.

So supportive!

After probably my 8th wipe out, and having only made it maybe a quarter of the way down this stupid mountain, I came on someone else who was struggling just as hard as I was. It was a woman, probably in her mid 20's to early 30's, who had taken up the same strategy I had for getting to the bottom. I don't remember who approached who, but the conversation came pretty naturally as we were the only two people who were seated on this mountain that was otherwise occupied by people successfully skiing. It turned out she was in the same boat I was. She sucked at skiing, and the people she was with had taken off, so now she was left to her own devices getting down this godforsaken mountain.

We made it a point to stick together. If she fell, I would go down intentionally, work my way over to her and help her get back up, and vice versa. We cracked jokes about how stupid the predicament we found ourselves in was. We stood up for each other when the occasional person would get mad about us falling down in someone's way. It was slow progress, and we were both incredibly frustrated, but over the course of an hour or so we helped each other crash our way down this mountain.

When we got to the bottom, I thanked her for sticking with me and she did the same. I wished her luck with any future mountains she might try to tackle, and she laughed and said she had her fill of the mountains for this trip. We wished each other the best and I went off to find my dad, who true to his word, had been waiting for me at the bottom."

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