Monday, January 10, 2005

The Daily Grind

Nope, this isn't a reference to some sort of fancy trick. Instead, it's the dirty little secret of the ski bum lifestyle. Unless you're rich enough to have a trust fund, lucky enough to have won the lottery, or otherwise have enough money to support yourself, you have to get a job.

Something that is true the world over is that a job is a job. So, although I am living in a rather beautiful place and am able to snowboard everyday (although when it's -26 and windy out there - brrrrrr), I still have to do all that normal stuff like turn up to work, go grocery shopping, and all that boring stuff.

Still, the daily grind serves a much higher purpose, it is not merely a matter of survivng to the next holiday - it is a matter of surviving the holiday. Actually, it's not a holiday at all, except that I have a "working holiday" visa. The emphasis is very much on "working", but it's a better kind of daily grind.

Of course there are degrees of "grind", some lucky people actually enjoy their work (at least 70% of the time) the trick is to find work that (a) one likes (b) one believes is worthwhile (c) if possible also important (d) you can do reasonably well and - last but not least - pays your bills!
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