It won’t be surprising for many of you guys to learn that snowboard bums have a bad reputation. We’re kind of known as a group of slackers who quit life to snowboard and just be lazy… but I say it’s the reverse.
I’d say snowboard bums are the ones taking the initiative and living life while those ‘professionals’ who enjoy mocking us as slackers are the ones wasting their life away.
Why do people value the house or car over what they get to do every day of their life?
Is it just me or does it seem kind of crazy to spend your whole life in a lifestyle you don’t even enjoy so that you can save money to get a mortgage on a house, which will be paid for by continuing to live the lifestyle you don’t enjoy?
That doesn’t seem like being smart or having a good life to me. That seems like prison. It’s like the entire population has been so brainwashed to choose this route that the insanity of the situation is lost on them.
People sacrifice their whole lives doing stuff they hate to live in the hope that one day they’ll put enough away to retire and move somewhere where they can live a more carefree lifestyle.
Meanwhile every snowboard bum has realized you don’t have to wait for retirement. You can have that lifestyle right now.
You don’t need much to live an epic life.
You don’t need much money to be happy and live a good life. Some of my happiest times were before I became a ‘successful snowboard bum’ when I was surviving on peanut butter sandwiches and ramen noodles.
The friends I’ve made, the adventures I’ve had and the simple pleasures like walking to the lifts on a powder day didn’t require tons of money and they still don’t. Those memories are among the hi-lights of my life and I was broke during those times.
The funny thing is now that I’ve worked hard and am now a successful snowboard bum, I actually can put money away for my own house, my own car, my own ‘x’, but the difference is I got here doing what I love and continue to do what I love.
It took a lot of work and it took some balls to do things a little differently from everyone else. I failed many times and many times things didn’t exactly work out.
And you know what? Even during the failures I was having fun because at least I was failing doing something I loved. And now I get to be a successful snowboard bum who is making a living doing what I love.
The bottom line
There’s nothing lazy or slacking about deciding that a 9-5 in a job you hate isn’t the path you want for your life. If anything it’s going to take more work to follow the things you love rather than continuing to be a mindless drone working away in some random job you hate.
Being a ‘professional’ like everyone else is easy. Being different takes a lot more work because you won’t have a clear path and things aren’t laid out for you, but at least you’ll actually be living life and not hiding away in some sad corner wasting away your days to pay for stuff you don’t even enjoy while counting the days to your yearly vacation.
Don’t plan your life based on what you want to do in 50 years when you retire. Plan your life based on what you want to be doing every single day for the next 50 years.