...my big what's the meaning of life question, well sort of. I guess I'm basically just wondering what I should do with my life. I'm in High School, pretty much an underachiever and my life revolves around skiing and mountain biking. Most of the people I know want high-paying, high-stress jobs and I not sure that's for me. I could move to a ski town, make money somehow and ski 4 days a week. Or I could go to college and go through six+ more years of school to get a masters, move to a big city with a high-paying job, get married, have kids, work all the time and let my life pass me by. Sure I'd make more money and have a more comfortable lifestyle but is that what it's really all about, having money to buy things that you really don't need? I'm just sick of seeing everyone I know work 50+ hours a week and come home too exhausted to do anything else and repeat that every week for 50 weeks a year. Is that what its all about? So do I step it up a little, try a little harder, and get into a good college? Or do I chill, ski, bike and have fun with my life? So I guess it comes down to do I want to be happy or do I want to be 'successful'. I know its possible to have both but there are very few that have that opportunity. You can probably tell I have a pretty good idea of what I want considering this is a fairly one-sided post, but any thoughts, comments and advice would be appreciated. Remember, you only live once.
^yeah thats what my sister did. She even moved out to Utah after a year and started to go to college there. She ended up going back to Michigan state and is studying so she can own a greenhouse and grow stuff.
I just figered I might as well get a job as a heli guide. Most people work all year for some sort of vacation, why not just have work you like so damn much that you really dont need a vacation. The secret to long term happiness is making your vocation your avocation. Making your hobby your job.
lifes about compromise ill tell you my situation. Im 20 I've been out of high school for tow years. I goto college first semester take 2nd semester off every year to live at a ski resort then go back and take a few summer classes and its like I never missed a beat. But I only did that cuz school was too far away from a mountain to ski everyday (4 hours). So I moved to Utah (salt lake) Im within 20 minutes of 4 mountains (good ones) and im going to school. Life is good. So by the time I get tired of skiing everyday I should be close or alreayd have a degree and I can move on to the next step in my life. just some food for thought I can't wait till it starts snowing out here life is good.
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bakerlocal. yeah i am sitting in the same predicament as you. what i say is go to college because of what i have heard is that its the best time you will ever have. the people that finish college wish they were still there because its such a great time. so i want to plan on 4 years of college, see how i like it and if i want to go on.
But all i have figured out in my life is I dont want a desk job. i want to live in a small simple town. preferably in the mountains
'Do what you love doing, and the money will follow'
A great man once told me this, and I live by it.
What does success mean to you? There are two different kinds of success.
There is the success that today's culture has fed to us; 'having financial security, nice car, and home'
But I ask you this, how great is that wealth if your job owns you; if you spend 5 days a week and a majority of your day working for someone else and coming home miserable?
And then there is true success. Doing what you love doing; hapiness.
Go after what you love doing, go after it with everything you have. Even if it seems insignificant. If you love quilting, go after it; and be the best damn quilter out there. Learn all you can.
When you are doing what you love doing, you will WANT to learn more about it. It'll be fun and interesting to you.
And I guarantee you that money will follow.
And even if it's not that much, you have true success; hapiness.
At 23, a year out of college I can tell you go to college finish and get a real job. You dont need a masters and dont have to live in a city to do well.
I had a bunch of friends who took the I will be a ski bum and do college later. Five years later they no longer are ski bums, and they arent going to college anytime soon. They all work at shitty jobs making no money and hate what they do and tel me they wish they had gone to college. It might be a great time when you are 20 years old to be poor and enjoy your life skiing everyday. However, thats a very short sighted view, how much fun will your life be when you are 30 years old, working at a dead end job making next to nothing. Your parents wont be supporting you anymore and girls dont like poor guys either. Sure it may be the best 2-4 years of your life but college is great too and wont put you behind for the next 40 years of your life.
Find a college that gives you a couple long breaks and just go skiing the whole time you have off. My brother had two months a winter off, thats a lot of skiing. Or find a school close to some mountains.
A brave man will not live forever but a coward will never live.
baker i am sort of ahead of you but still in the same predicament. i am going to graduate college after this year and it WAS an awesome time and i'm totally glad i went through with it. i even got to ski a bit (although only 25 days last year was kind of a disappointment). i now have a degree and an offer from a company i am interning with to have a full time permanent job. however, i don't know if it's what i want to do with the rest of my life, so now i must decide if i want to take some time for leisure and work a less well-paying and think about the career later, or if i want to jump into it right after i graduate. i'm probably going to spring for option A, though.
my point is that i'm glad i went to school and gave myself the opportunity for a career instead of not going and having it fuck shit up for me just cuz i wanted to have fun in my younger days. just pick a college that is semi-close to a good mountain or two and ski and study (and drink a lot and meet cool people) and once you are finished you will have more than one choice about the path of your life.
why not pick a college that has a ski industries, or skiing related degree program? Granted you might have t ocomprimise on where and how often you ski, but that way in the end, you have your degree, were able to ski, and possibly will be able to pursue a carreer in the skiing industry.
just my $.02. I was thinking of going back to school to do it, but I don't think I can afford it on my own. College is much easier with parental help, and it would suck being a 25 year old freshman.
I wish I didn't fuck up college so bad, the first (or second) time I tried.
man, why would you even ask this question? its simple. go to college, get an education, work your ass off. you still get time to ski, you just have to work harder. study something you enjoy, somthing that makes you happy, and create a future for yourself. dont get me wrong, i love skiing, its one of the things that really makes me happy, but it is not everything. it is only part of your life, not the whole. go to school dude, its really not bad, it is actually one of the most important decicions that you will make. peace.
Look at it this way- you go to college so you can broaden your horizons, so you can have the ability to do with your life what you want when you graduate...there's no rule that says if you go to college you have to start working at a career straight out of college...or ever, for that matter. Going to college may not be fun, but it'll make your life that much easier when you get out...and then you can live in a ski town and tell everyone that calls you a slacker to fuck off.
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Make turns, not war
This is what im doing, college in VT and take Ski Resort managment get a job some where in VT and ski to live and live to ski. No point of makeing 75k a year cuse the only time you would beable to use it is when you like 65 and that time you are scared of eveyone and eveything.
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Sluty girl: 'Im so bad that i run with gangs'
Cartman: 'Yea well, I run with Ten Gangs..'
-South park episode
From my experience I would say do want you WANT to do. There's no sense in living a life in which you're miserable. Granted not many things in life are easy and sacrifices need to be made sometimes.
If you want to take some time off before you decide, go for it. Universities and Colleges aren't just going to close after next year, they'll always be there if/when you want to get back to it.
Personally, I took 3 years off after high school. I worked for a bit then moved to Whistler. Had a great time, and managed to get myself into a position where I can be of help to Harvey with NS. Now, working on NS, attending university in Montreal and living a pretty nice lifestyle, I can say that I don't regret a thing.
I think the important thing to do in this situation is to be honest with yourself and really figure out what you want to be doing with your life. And hey, if you realize in two years you're not on the right path, then change it.
^this is in non-ski gabber so im not sure why you were expecting a teaser.^ Thanks to everyone for their advice and I might have come accros like I didn't want to go to college but that isnt further from the truth, I really do want to go to college it was just more of a thing about going to a great school a getting a first-rate education or going someplace where I can ski a ton.
having a good life is about being happy...
if you live in a ski town, work @ a bike shop tuning bikes and skis and make 8 bucks an hour with just enough to pay for a pack of beers and a small shed for you to live in and a ski pass and that makes you happy...alright, thats what you want. but if you decide that persuing an actual career is for you, pick the right job, something you truly love, if you hate it, thats where you get the people who are exhausted @ work and are sick and tired of it...its all about loving what you are doing...just also remember this: one of the main head guys that works @ K2 skis (ski designer or something like that, makes loads of money) was a sun valley ski bum and look how he turned out, and same with warren miller, if you go for the ski bum rituals, make connections...you you might just go far...
Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol and dental insurance. Choose fixed- interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose a three piece suite on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing sprit- crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pishing you last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked-up brats you have spawned to replace yourself. Choose your future. Choose life... But why would I want to do a thing like that?
Never shall innocent blood be shed, yet the blood of the wicked shall flow like a river. The Three shall spread their blackened wings and be the vengeful striking hammer of God.