It’s not about you. There, I’ve said it. And it really needed to be said, just as you really needed to hear it. So deal with it. Breathe it in and hold it for a few seconds. Exhale slowly so as not to get light headed. Meditate on it for a while.
Repeat it to yourself — “it’s not about me, it’s not about me, it’s not about me” — until it starts to echo between your ears. After a while you should emerge from your trance with the sneaking suspicion that maybe, just maybe, it’s not about you after all — despite what you’ve been told since the day you were born by your parents, the media, and yourself.
Get out of your own head for a while and walk around. Try to see things from other perspectives. Be open. Most importantly, be honest.
Because as unique as we are as individuals, our ability to survive, evolve and enjoy life in the 21 st century will depend on our ability to get along with each other and to adapt to change. It’s not about you or me, anymore, if it ever really was — it’s about “us”.
This is the century where we have to start thinking and living collectively again as our distant ancestors once did. We have no alternative.
For one thing, the global population is growing. The population of Greater Vancouver is supposed to double over the next 20 years. Sea to Sky could see its population double or even triple by 2025, depending on what growth forecast you believe.
Whistler is also growing. New hotels and commercial operations have increased the need for part-time and resident staff, and new “weekender” housing projects increase the need for services. New hotel and housing projects are under construction as we speak, and several new developments both inside and outside our boundaries are at various stages of approval.
From what I’ve seen this growth in population is creating a lot of stress for people who have been in this community for a while — including myself. We don’t like the longer lift lines, or being forced to line up for an hour or more at various lifts to get first tracks on certain runs. The people booing and abusing lifties and patrollers are usually locals venting their general frustration with the fact that recreational skiing and snowboarding in Whistler has become a competitive sport. There could be 30 centimetres of new snow on the ground, but the people in those lift lines are still unhappy.