12/15/2022 AGEIST Newsletter 319

In the matrix of personality types used by Gretchen Rubin — upholder, obliger, rebel, and questioner — I am a full-on upholder. That means when I say I am going to do something either to myself or to others, I feel compelled to do it. Not doing it will cause me not insignificant internal dissonance. It also means I don’t fully align with people who are not upholders, something that I still require some work on.

As I have mentioned, I have started a totally unreasonable quest: Master Ski Racing at Park City. This is a 5-days-a-week, between 2- to 4-hour commitment daily for the season. Learning new things, especially new physical things, is fantastically energizing. Surfing, skating, African dance, and martial arts have all been learned since my mid-30s. This is somewhat different, in that there is a program. With surfing, I would just show up; there was no accountability. This, however, has a schedule, a progression, and coaches who are there for me even if I don’t show up. So I must show up. This means that 20 hours of my week, between driving, getting the gear on, and actual on-snow work is now gone from my week. Mental.

So far I can do it and, because of my upholder disposition, I sort of have to. It means when I am at work, time is short and I am super focused. It means that I need to be in bed by 8:15 in order to get my 8.5 hours of sleep so that I can recover from what is a highly mentally and physically demanding activity. This may seem crazy, and I can assure you that when I show up at 7 am in the dark to ski gates under the lights and the temp is 8 degrees, that is exactly how it feels: like I am a crazy person.

On the plus side, my skiing is improving at an astonishing rate, which is not so much about anything innate to me; if one does anything this much with world-class instruction, one will improve. But why? This sort of falls into the category of why people climb mountains: because they are there and, of course, because I said I was going to do it.

To all you rebels, questioners, and obligers in the world, I get that you also have issues, but now you can understand a bit of the quandary we upholders get ourselves into. 

Onward and upward,

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Taylor Marks
Taylor Marks is a certified holistic health coach and professionally trained chef from The Institute of Culinary Education. Her passions include the latest research in health science, culinary arts, holistic wellness, and guiding others towards feeling their best.


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