Live easy, Live simply
Two years ago, one of the most amazing men in the world stepped out on Kirkwood Mountain in California to compete in the 2011 Freeride World Tour. Ryan Hawks is a name to know with values to live by. His values in life are vital guidelines, in which he followed without command from anyone but himself.
Live every day, all day; Never stop exploring life; Never lose my adventuresome attitude; Be the best friend I can be; Be the best brother, son, uncle I can be; Look out for others; Look out for myself; Look out for my surroundings; Be self-sufficient; Don’t be afraid to ask for help; Work hard; Live easy; Live simply.
Ryan Hawks exemplified passion, motivation, commitment, and excellence in all realms of his life. He devoted this to family, friends, and his love for the sport of skiing. Ryan left this world accomplishing another feat in the sport he loves (see story). His presence will continue to be grieved, but his story has something magnificent to share to the world. Whether you are an athlete, a musician, a teacher, business woman or man, designer, artist, humanitarian, foody, or lost on who you are, where you are going, and what drives you, Ryan’s values are a stellar guidebook to serve some solid direction and awareness of your own values.
In sport and health psychology, the objective is to guide individuals on their journey toward health, happiness, and self-awareness by achieving goals, conquering challenges and fears. ”Get rid of the idea of conquering the mountain, concentrate on cooperating with the mountain- Understand that the only person you have to impress is you.” Peter Hawks, Ryan’s father. As we set goals, train, work, educate, and aim to please its important to remember why we are doing it and what is the focus. Ryan had clear objectives. His values served as goals to conquer everyday in order to fulfill his life, his dreams, love and the happiness of those around him.
As we set goals we sometimes lose sight of our reason and therefore our self-awareness. For example, next time you go to the gym, check in with yourself, do you have something in mind that you will enjoy there (spin class, yoga, lifting, running?). Or are you going to cave to the dread of another workout and in fact, waste time waiting for the clock to move on the treadmill. Activity is meant to be fun and rewarding. When action is an indication of a process towards a larger outcome there is more purpose. For example, accomplishing the short-term goals brings us closer to the long term. The key to accomplishing our goals is setting specific and measurable short-term goals. For example in order to run a marathon one must accomplish a certain mileage everyday and add on every week. In order to master any skill practice is vital.
Action expresses priorities -Gandhi.
When we positively act on a goal, we become closer to our ideal. Sustaining our action is the hard part but with a list of values and things to do in this busy life, inspirations like Ryan Hawks remind us that it is possible.
Research shows giving creates happiness, and happiness contributes to a feeling of success. Service and justice is something we forget about in our relationships. Ryan lived his life to make others around him happy to be here. He lived now, always and everyday. Its easy to lose track of the present in the process of focusing on the future. Be here, now. It seems simple, yet the difficulty comes in our list of responsibilities. If we are able to clear five minutes of our time to check our Facebook than we are more than likely able to call a friend, tell people we care about them, and share a laugh now and then.
Ryan’s mentality and ability to light up the world is inspiring. His values of living are motives in which individuals and teams aim to achieve for ultimate success. These values are core principles to remind us all that with passion, motivation, and commitment to others and ourselves we are capable of achieving satisfying life goals.