I'm a newcomer to this site (just found it this evening), and how interesting it is. I learnt to ski almost four years ago, and the biggest thing it taught me was just about life in general. If you think you can't do it, you can't. If you think you can, you can. Simple as that. In those four years, I've done so many things I wouldn't have done before, like going travelling in Sth America by myself, having the confidence to take (and pass!) a ski instructor course this year, and I do feel like I can do anything I want, just because I took the chance of sliding down a mountain on a pair of wooden planks when I didn't have the first idea about it.