In the past 2 months, I have married the man of my dreams, sold or given away 75% of my belongings, quit my job, and given up my fabulous Toronto apartment. I then packed up my few belongings into my little blue Mazda, and with my husband, began the Westward journey up and around the Great Lakes in search of a new life in beautiful British Columbia. We had no jobs waiting for us, and no particular destination in mind - just an idea of what we wanted to do, and where we wanted to go.
We’ve met many people along the way, made new friends, and re-connected with old ones. Everyone has been excited for us, and most people have implied that we might be slightly irresponsible and little insane for throwing caution to the wind and heading off into the unknown.
Inspired my my good friend Alexander Synaptic, who is also starting a new life in BC, I thought I would take a few minutes to explain why I’m doing this, what I hope to accomplish, and why I’ve done it the way that I have.
I felt strongly that if I did things in what is considered a safe and responsible manner, I would lose the opportunity to truly explore, discover, and be open to whatever may come my way. If I had a home and a job lined up before I even left Toronto, with all my furniture and creature comforts in tow, I would be moving from one safe bubble to another, and making no real significant change in my lifestyle.
The main reason for moving out here was to restart my life with a focus on the things I truly care about. Being outdoors, active, healthy, and in nature are the most important things to me, and removing myself entirely from my comfort zone was, to me, the only real way to place myself into an entirely new realm of being.
I feel incredibly connected to the places I’ve been here. I feel like this is the place I am meant to me. Every day brings new wonder, and I cannot wait to discover more.
Yesterday, I was offered a job at Big White, the third largest ski and snowboard resort in Canada. I have the opportunity to stay in the village on the mountain, and live and breathe the mountain lifestyle. I’ll be part of the Lift Operations crew, which involves being outside all day, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week - sometimes 6. Through all weather conditions, I will help run the lifts and interact with every single guest on the mountain. I will shovel snow, get dirty, and keep people happy. And I will do all of this for much less money than I have ever done anything in my life.
Many people would think I am moving backwards - doing a physical labour job that does not compensate very well. But I truly feel that for me, it is a step towards the life that I want to live. Not because it is the work that I hope to do for the rest of my life, but because I feel it will provide me with the experiences that I have always hoped to have, and it will give me the opportunity to spend the better part of the first year of my new life truly absorbing some of the best things that the mountains have to offer.
After this winter, I will probably move on - I plan on continuing my education, my skill set, and my pursuit of experiences that will enrich my life. But for now, it’s up the mountain I go, to do something I have always dreamed of.