Because every day of my life is just like this:
Ski School Trailer (1991) - Video Detective
Hehe, just kidding. For real now... Think of how much time you will have spent working at a job throughout your whole life. My guess is that for most people the only activity done in life that compares, in respect to time, is sleeping. On an average day, work and sleep takes up 2/3 of the time. If you have to get ready for work and drive there, it's even more. That leaves 1/3 of your day to do everything else. Now, if you could somehow figure out a way to turn one of your favorite things to do in your personal time, into something you do at work, wouldn't you do anything possible to make that happen?! I know some of you have succeeded at this. Teachers who love to teach, writers who love to write, doctors who love to heal. And that's awesome. For me, I love being in the mountains, I love helping others, and I love to ski. So, doesn't that mean that I have succeeded? Doesn't that mean that I have done something right? If you measure success by dollars or prestige I can see how you would think I'm a failure. But I measure success differently so can't we just agree to disagree? I have managed to get paid to do what I love to do. This is what I am passionate about. This is what has driven me to live in dumps, eat unmeasurable amounts of ramen, and live in my car for months at a time. Sure I have had to go through some tough times to make it happen, but I've made it happen. Almost everything that is awesome in my life over the past 7 years, is because I am a ski instructor. But the most awesome part about it is that I love to do it, and I am excited to go to work everyday!
And now the actual point of why I am writing this post. Over the past couple of seasons I have moved up into a managerial/supervisor role. Honestly this isn't something I thought I'd ever be doing when I started in the ski industry but I took on additional hours and less pay to get into a more "grown up" type job. Which brings me to my first point. Salary. Way overrated. Being on salary just means an employer can get free work from you. They can pay you the same amount and you can be working way more. Pretty lame. I understand that in theory salary may also go the other direction. I've yet to experience that though so I'm still not impressed.
Say what you will, but my job is awesome.