Again, this is just a personal perspective, but I can't help but believe there are others who feel the same way.
I have been involved in three sports during my life which consumed my time and resources. First I played hockey through school and then went on to become a coach at club level. Later in life I got into martial arts, practiced competed, coached, examined and judged at a high level. All the time this was going on, I was working on my golf game and was able to get my handicap into the single digits.
Looking back, I was driven in all these sports to be successful by the measure of rank, instructor certification, competition, handicap, examiner status and instructor status. It was also important to have the best equipment, the right clothes, play the best courses and be known in the sports community.
Eventually I burnt out in all these sports. You drive so hard to get to the top, you seem to forget how to enjoy the sport itself. Everything else becomes so important and you forget the fun you had when you first started. I used to tell people I loved golf, and yet would walk of the course angry or frustrated over my score.
Skiing has become a sport I just want to enjoy and have fun with. I don't want it spoiled by the drive to move up a level, to get the next certification, to instruct, to examine. I want to keep it simple, and the first step is not to take a lesson, because that is where it all starts to get serious for me. It sounds corny, but I just want to enjoy the snow and the mountain without judgement, from me or others. I want to be as happy as the proverbial pig in mud.
My thoughts really came from the thread about why some accomplished skiers quit the sport. It's the process of becoming accomplished that changes their perception of what got them on the mountain in the first place. Quite simply, they forget to have fun and have too much invested in the sport to go back to basics.
Sorry, it's Sunday and MLK has turned my resort into a zoo. Hence the ramble.