Some people say that I work too much. My response is usually something along the lines of, “I work hard so I can play hard”. Unfortunately doing all of these outdoor things I love costs money. It’s not cheap to go backcountry snowboarding, backpacking, camping, etc. You have to have gear and gear costs money.
I wish I could be one of those people with a trust fund, or who somehow lives in their van and doesn’t have any bills and miraculously has money for gear and gas but never seems to have to work. But at the same time I don’t because I earn my money, I work hard for it. At present I work two jobs, I am an HR manager at a property management company and I’m scheduled 2 shifts a week at my local rec center. Sometimes I pick up extra shifts, so I work a total of 50-60 hours a week most weeks.
I still have two days off most weeks, and I certainly try to make the most of it! It’s nice to know that I make enough money that if I want to drive to Moab on a whim for 2 days I can, or if I break a piece of gear I can go buy a new one without disrupting my bank account too much. PTO isn’t too bad either. There’s nothing bad about getting paid to go on a 2 week road trip to the northwest.
I really do believe that people who work hard all week, play even harder on the weekends because it was time earned. Although I dream of living in a van and traveling the US, I know that I would miss the security of having a real job too.
So to all the 9-5ers/weekend warriors, all the people pulling 2-3 jobs, 10-16 hours a day, I salute you and I understand. Keep working hard, and don’t forget to play even harder!