For as long as I can remember, snowboarding has been the number on priority in my life. When I was old enough to fly free I packed up my bags and headed off overseas, met a wonderful man that shares the same desires as me and embarked on a journey to snowboard the world together. We have currently set up shop in a beautiful corner of the world surrounded by mountains and aren’t currently doing back to back winters – yet even still everyone we know always says how jealous they are of our lives!
JEALOUS…of us….I can’t even comprehend it!
Sure, the life of a winter chaser looks glamorous, flitting from one resort town to another, sipping hot cider in hot tubs, chasing the next pow line and plenty of time off work. Hell, it IS pretty awesome to live in a new corner of the world every six months. I’ve got friends ALL OVER the world, as well as the ability to order a beer in more than a handful of languages. I’ve got more stamps in my passport than I’ve got pairs of shoes in my cupboard. Would I change it for anything..HELL NO…should you be jealous…not even a tiny bit!
At the end of the day, I haven’t done anything special, I’m certainly not rich, and I definitely didn’t get any help from mummy and daddies credit card along the way.
I made snowboarding and traveling the world my ultimate priority.
Then I sacrificed a hell of a lot to do it.
I didn’t go out every weekend and buy a new outfit for going drinking in.
My entire worldly possessions fitted in my snowboard bag and weighed under 23kg.
I saved every cent I could so that I could book the next flight and buy my next lift pass.
Missing birthdays, christmases, weddings and every other family event was normal.
I STILL own and wear clothing I brought in winter 2010/2011.
Relying on the weather to bring work means that you are often left short.
I shared shitty living spaces with strangers and had food & belongings go ‘missing’.
Earning minimum wage, doing crappy jobs – yep did that too!
Was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY!!
People always tell me they ‘wish’ they could pack up and chase the snow, or live the life of a nomad – but they ‘simply can’t’.
I’m here to say YOU CAN!
It really is as simple as making the decision that you will do anything to live the life you want. Sure there will be sacrifices, and it’s definitely not going to be easy, but chasing your dreams is far more important than sticking to your same old boring routine just because its SAFE, and just because someone thinks you SHOULD. Maybe that someone is you – if so it’s time to get real with yourself, sit yourself down and dig deep, ask yourself the serious questions and give the socially expected answer the finger! These are the two questions I always ask myself :
1) Will I look back on where I’m at now in 1, 2, 5, 10.. years and be HAPPY?
2) What can I do NOW so that I will look back with a smile on my face?
Listen to your heart, go with your gut and most of all DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY!