Long story short, i'm a graduating senior from a great schooll, with a job already lined up in a big city doing investment banking. I thought finance is what I wanted to do with my life, and up until this year I was certain of that... until i found NS.
I was a snowboarder for ~8 years before this year, but I really became interested in skiing last summer and decided to make the switch this season. Being that I'm from michigan, the riding options are very limited (especially with this winter) but i picked up a pair of skis at the beginning of the season and started riding as much as i could. I just got back from a trip to park city yesterday, where I spent 4 days riding as much as possible, and really progressed. I went from learning the basics of skiing at the beginning of the season to being able to hit most jumps, throw a few 1's and various grabs, slide most boxes and some rails, and overall really progressed both in the park and out. I know i'm newer to this site, and skiing in general, but I really fell in love with the sport, to the point where it's all i think about.
The part that sucks for me is after i graduate i probably wont be able to ski for at least a few years, as high-finance jobs tend to have crazy hours, work 7 days a week and leave very little time for hobbies/personal enjoyment. I know the job pays very well and ultimately sets up a very strong springboard from which i can launch a career, but part of me wants to put that all on hold to move out west and pursue skiing further. I know i will never be sponsored, that's not the point, but the thought of being able to wake up every day and go skiing sounds like something that would make me truly happy.
I know that ultimately i will end up taking the job, because for me it seems like the right thing to do, but the thought that my body is aging and this may be the only opportunity in my life to pursue skiing to the extent that i would want is a thought that is constantly on my mind. Growing up fucking sucks, and i really wish i would have started skiing/found out about this site sooner, because maybe things would have turned out different. Taking a gap year to live out west just seems out of the question for me now, and i just wish i had more foresight to have planned something like that before i started out in the real world.
yea this post is depressing as fuck, but it's been on my mind a lot, and I have to believe there are others on this site that feel the same way.