I see my life as a winding, fun, unpredictable, roller coaster path comprised of the different choices I’ve made. Earlier this year, I decided I wanted to move to Colorado and found myself facing two pretty different options. I had to decide between taking a similar job to the one I have now, but in Denver, or to throw caution to the wind and enroll in a training program to become a whitewater raft guide out in the mountains.
Continue building my career path and take a stable, reliable job, probably finding a cute one bedroom apartment in Denver that I can decorate to my Pintrest’s desire, or take on the risk of working seasonal jobs outside the four gray walls of a cubicle and live in a tent down by the river?
I was torn between the adrenaline-loving side of me and the careful, planful me. I graduated at the top of my class from UW Madison and thought I was meant to join the corporate world, working my way up to executive one day. But after almost a year at a global corporation, I knew I couldn’t sit at a desk from 8 to 5 every day for the rest of my life. Even with the great perks (do you know how expensive health insurance is on your own?!) and ability to travel, I longed for a little risk and the unknown. On paper, my corporate job seems like it should be perfect for me, but I feel like this is the right time for me to just go for it and figure out how to stay afloat *haha* working jobs outside of the office.
My family did their fair share of protesting and urged me to take the more secure route. After discussing the pros and cons with my brother, he sent me a text saying, “Do what makes you happy, the rest will follow.” I hope I don’t get you in trouble with Mom and Dad, Jack, but the second I read that text is the exact moment I made up my mind.
“The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all” — Meg Cabot
My dividend payout from REI next year is going to be huge. Say hello to the newest member of American Adventure Expedition‘s raft guide training program for summer 2015. Let the adventure begin!