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Old 08-30-2014, 09:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,
Bit of a deep thread here and I apologise but could do with some advice/perspective from like-minded people!

So basically, I'm 23 and work a very demanding job in north England with very little free time. I absolutely love anything standing sideways and moving fast (snowboard, wakeboard, skateboard, surfing).

Problem is there is very little scope to do any of these sports anywhere in my area. The only possibility is skateboarding... however I have no mates who are into board sports. I'd therefore have to go to skateparks alone which sucks (I'm crap at skateboarding otherwise would just go and crack on). I also find that skateboarding at my age is generally more frowned upon than snowboard/surfing/wakeboarding for some reason.

Basically I feel pretty shitty about life and feel like I need to "Live a little" (however cliché that may sound). All I do is work, eat, repeat to be honest and it's miserable.

So... What are your guys thoughts on packing it all in and going out for a snow season? I have no one to go with and limited finances. How much money do I realistically need and how's best to find some buddies?
I could potentially work up until December and save some ££ and then go out and board every day... but I wouldn't meet anyone at work or anything.

Alternatively, any suggestions on how to get my boarding fix whilst stuck in gloomy England? Nearest indoor slope is several hours away and I don't finish work in time to make any freestyle nights. No cable wakeboard or anything either. Think my main issue is no like-minded mates so I end up going surfing/wakeboarding alone if I can actually go.

TLDR No boarding mates. Heavy job (8am-7pm minimum). I'm sad

Thanks for reading my dribbling inner monologue. Appreciated
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Do you get vacations? Can you take off for 3 weeks or something, to some good resort?

As far as the "alone" thing, a lot of people ride alone.
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Yeah, the vacation thing sounds like the best bet for you. Depending on your trade, maybe look for a job in another area. Try dating. I know, northern England, bit there has to be some Geordie chick out there for you.
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If you do choose the 'do a snow season somewhere' option, I wouldn't worry too much about not having friends unless you're particularly anti-social.

You'll run into a lot of people either in your accommodation or local bars or at work (if you choose to do some part-time work during the season that's a great option to make a few friends and get some spare money). Making friends is the easy part of living at any ski resort.

As far as how much money you need for a snow season, it totally depends on how much you want to eat out and party beyond the basics. Living at a ski resort isn't that different from living anywhere else, it's just a smaller town and the accommodation/supermarket might be a tad more expensive, but once you get the basics taken care of (lift pass, visa if you need it, flights/bus if needed) the costs aren't that different as living anywhere else.

Honestly in the long term, it sounds to me like you need to work towards either a job/life you enjoy or a job that gives you more freedom to do what you love. The only way to do that is to get a plan in place and start working towards it. Do you like your job?

There are plenty of options to make life more awesome and get a better job, it just takes some real action and perseverance to fix mistakes, and keep working towards your goals.
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Do you get vacations? Can you take off for 3 weeks or something, to some good resort?

As far as the "alone" thing, a lot of people ride alone.
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Yeah, the vacation thing sounds like the best bet for you. Depending on your trade, maybe look for a job in another area. Try dating. I know, northern England, bit there has to be some Geordie chick out there for you.
I'm a Doctor so the longest I can realistically take off is 5-days and I can't move areas without quitting medicine/training because of how the system works. It's at least 2-years until I could move away.
Ha maybe. Geordie girls don't tend to be into sport though...
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If you do choose the 'do a snow season somewhere' option, I wouldn't worry too much about not having friends unless you're particularly anti-social.

You'll run into a lot of people either in your accommodation or local bars or at work (if you choose to do some part-time work during the season that's a great option to make a few friends and get some spare money). Making friends is the easy part of living at any ski resort.

As far as how much money you need for a snow season, it totally depends on how much you want to eat out and party beyond the basics. Living at a ski resort isn't that different from living anywhere else, it's just a smaller town and the accommodation/supermarket might be a tad more expensive, but once you get the basics taken care of (lift pass, visa if you need it, flights/bus if needed) the costs aren't that different as living anywhere else.

Honestly in the long term, it sounds to me like you need to work towards either a job/life you enjoy or a job that gives you more freedom to do what you love. The only way to do that is to get a plan in place and start working towards it. Do you like your job?

There are plenty of options to make life more awesome and get a better job, it just takes some real action and perseverance to fix mistakes, and keep working towards your goals.
You speak a lot of sense... thanks. The job itself is alright but the hours and stress are pretty insane. Even on the days I get off on time I barely have the energy for anything fun (not that there's alot of opportunity for it).
I guess the problem is that I am stuck at the bottom rung of a training ladder which is years long before it improves.
Maybe I should look into other jobs but it wouldn't solve the problem of lack of sports without moving away tbh.

Right now being a chalet bitch at a french resort seems so appealing!
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I Wrote a long post that disappeared. Basically it boils down to..... Go ride and quit caring what others think. The quicker you do that, the quicker you will be happy in life. This picture is of all MD/RN that ski or ride 100 days a year or more each. We all work at the base of the mountain..... Get livin or get diein
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Also realize, we all had to get training for years in other places to have the honor of living a good and profitable mountainside life.
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Seriously your only 23 it's not like your over the hill. If your training to be a doctor suck it up finish your training and that's your meal ticket for the rest of your life. As a doctor you could pretty much work anywhere. I'd say you'd have to be nuts to jack it in, join one of the UK forums like scuk and you'll meet people to go snowboarding with. I know people in the northwest who head up to Scotland loads during the winter you just need to make the effort to meet people.
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I'll preface my reply by stating that most of the knowledge that I have about the medical field is from shows like House and ER so I maybe off base.

I'm not sure how things work in England but it sounds like you're still in medical school. Here in the states it usually takes 4 years to finish college and then at least another 4 years to complete medical school so I don't think there are too many 23 year old doctors here.

I'm guessing that you knew about the long hours before you decided to go into the medical field or did it come as a surprise? It's easy to tell people what they should do but if I were you I'd suck it up for two years and finish medical school. Hit up as any 5 day snowboard trips as you can (I'm guessing the resorts in France are the closest) to try to keep progressing and once you can move go for it. You're only 23 and once you can practice as a doctor you could move just about anywhere you want and live a great lifestyle - don't be short sighted. However, if you're truly having second thoughts about your profession, then you need to find something that makes you happy.

I think Argo is in the medical field so I'm guessing he will have some good advice.

EDIT: Argo posted while I was typing............

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