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Views & Reviews From the Frontline

The slippery slope

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 18 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1119

Skiing as Metaphor

Skiing is more than an Olympic winter sport that has captured the interest of
average people. It has become a metaphor for life, because it epitomizes the
strength, courage, and endurance that life requires. But life also requires
flexibility, which we seem to lack. Life asks us to zigzag right and left around
obstacles, as if we are on a slalom course. But we like to proceed fast and
straight, as if we are schussboomers. Since life is a slalom, but we are
schussboomers, it’s no wonder that we so often plough headlong into

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

14 April 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA