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Just your regular, everyday badass.   2 comments

My brother Mark graduated uni in Adelaide, Australia, and then immediately packed up his life and headed to Whistler, Canada. It’s about 2 hours north of Vancouver, and is one of the most scenically epic places in North America. Mark got a job at a snowboard shop, bought a season pass for the mountain, and proceeded to shred snow for about 2 1/2 years. And do you know what else? He’s really good at it. He’s been in a magazine

Mark shredding some Canadian powder

Yeah, that's him in the red

For a while I thought he needed to give up the snow-bum lifestyle and grow up. You know, get a real job, get serious (like me). But it took me a while to realize that what he did takes a lot of guts. He’s experiencing the world, is making a living, and he’s doing it in a gorgeous location, where he’s made tons of friends for life. Why would he want to leave it all for a cubicle at some boring office?

Well actually, he eventually moved back to Adelaide and is working on his Master’s degree in architecture. But the best part? He still lives in Whistler and snowboards during the Australian summer break. I wish I had the guts to split my entire life between two locations that are 10,000 miles apart, AND make a livelihood out of it. My brother is living the dream, and I’m so proud of him. Also, I’m very jealous. But mostly proud.

The point is, if you want something, don’t let it simmer as an idle thought in your mind forever. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Make it happen. Implement a strategy and follow through. Would it really be that hard to accomplish? What’s standing in your way? Save up the money and go. Hey, what’s the worst that can happen? You wind up with your very own magazine spread? Puhleeeze, I can think of worse endings.


Posted January 28, 2011 by Elfawin in Random

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