I realize it’s been a while since I made an appearance on here! I can assure you, or rather in defence, it hasn’t been for a lack of activity. The spring and summer saw many adventures; from mountain biking in Fernie, house boating in Ontario, to backpacking in a food drop to assist some friends through hiking 450km (a story that requires it’s own blog post in itself!), to our annual canoe trip, this summer was packed! It also was a summer of transition and evolution.
With starting a new job in May, finding a new balance point between work and adventure made for a period of evolution, but well worth it none the less. Finally I have found true enjoyment in the work that I do but the tradeoff being limited personal time than what I previously had been privileged to. This however, has really forced me to evaluate how I choose to spend my limited free time; gone are the days of wasted time. Every day is filled with meticulously chosen activities that either feed my mountain soul acting as a refresh on the psyche or satisfy my social need, taking great care in maintaining the relationships that I hold dear to my heart.
The last six months have taught me that life is in a constant state of evolution. You can lay the best made plans but when circumstances change, you can either choose to fight them or stay true to the things that matter and adjust your trajectory. Similar to backpacking, you spend so much time planning, with full intentions of everything going smoothly, but in the case that they don’t, it’s the time spent planning that enables you to adjust to the circumstances accordingly and continue on.
So now my circumstances have changed; maybe I can’t fit in an after work mountain bike ride as easily, or take that extra week off to hit up the powder highway, but that doesn’t mean I am less passionate about those sports. It requires me to plan a bit more, make sacrifices and fit it in where I can, all the while appreciating that time in the mountains that much more. Following my mission from the beginning, to build an inclusive outdoor community, a person’s passion for something should not be judged by the level of intensity or frequency they pursue it, but simply recognize it by the amount of absolute joy it brings them. Everyone has choices to make and everyone has different factors feeding those choices. I’d like to know, how do you keep your outdoor passions a priority when your time is being pulled in multiple ways?
So now that’s off my chest, here’s a picture from one of my favourite days this summer!