Dear Mountain, advice |

Dear Mountain, advice

“Just another day in paradise…” That’s what everybody says in Grand County. The truth is, no place is paradise or hassle free. We are a small community with the same issues as anywhere else and you can’t always ski, yoga, party, or screw your way to happiness. Hedonism is a blast until reality sets in and you realize you spent your rent money at the bar, your best friend is sleeping with your girlfriend, or your boss schedules you for work on every single powder day.

For those struggling with their stay in paradise, don’t feel bad. You are not alone, or crazy. Grand County can run very hot and cold in weather, business, and friendships. Gossip travels fast and secrets are not well kept. People can’t hide who they are very long in this environment so it’s usually easier to stop fronting and be yourself, or do the work and find out who you are if you don’t actually know yet.

The mountains have been here the whole time. They look on as we fall in love, ski the powder, play with our dogs, work crappy jobs, get our hearts broken, watch our children grow, and occasionally enjoy a moment of pure perfection. This place can drive you crazy, or this place can drive you to self revelation. We as a county are often complimented by visitors on our authenticity.

To all good people who dwell in these valleys, I truly hope today is just another day in paradise for you. However, if it’s not, please write me a letter and I will try my best to help.

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