Top o’the Mountain

15 08 2006

The fresh flurrys of drifted snow prickle my face like sea spray as I walk to the edge to begin my controlled slide (technical term you know!) to the bottom.

What was it about ski instructing I disliked? I felt really good doing it and proud to come back to tell all my friends. Felt really happy, a different person, healthy and fit too.

But it became frustrating. What with the dark morning early starts and non-stop lessons, it was very restricting. I felt controlled, and, I was. I had no say in what lessons I took, no say in how many a day I did, I was paid by the lesson…no work, then no money. Towards the end I started to turn down the lessons when I could, just to rest and relax.

I said to myself at the end of it all, I would love to do it at weekends but all week, sometimes 6 days…more than i wanted to handle.

You know what? Its the same job as with photography. Huh? You may remark.
Well, it is exactly the same situation, the same customers, the same kids (and doing the same thing with them), the same controlled work schedule.

But it’s not exactly the same surely? No, the ONLY differences are,
– no early starts
– it’s not outdoors
– I am teaching kids how to sit still, not move in the right way!!

So I seem to be attracted to these low paying controlling jobs!

But they do give me change, variety, experiences and people contact. Perhaps I need some work which is self-controlling huh?!!!! And perhaps I need work which provides the opportunity to travel, variety of experiences, people contact and change.

I have been thinking again about Counselling again. Long term, with the aim of doing overseas work, perhaps for charities, the UN or some other aid agency. This work is more in need since the climatic troubles ‘began’ e.g. the Tsunami.
Other than that, SLT, Speech Language Therapy, Mentoring, Coaching are another ideas I am working on.

I got the real urge last night, to setup a Charity, helping young kids to discover the work of their dreams whilst still at school. In my experience the limited experiences of their parental situations and friends cannot provide the inspiration and exposure they need. MY work experience was 2 weeks at an office filing paper. How useful is THAT. Man it makes me mad.

Building up the information base and confidence is now the order of the day. If I have that, I can make an informed decision and move forward, instead of shifting sideways again.

I had an email through the other day. ‘Workers required for US and CA ski fields , Season 2006/7’ Hmmmmm, I am tempted!!!!! 🙂

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