In the past two weeks I have had more than a dozen people tell me, “Wow, you’ve got the best job in the world”. I smile and say, “well, it’s not a bad office for sure”.
Ridlon and I have returned to work for a cruise line for a time and are back traveling throughout Europe for the summer running their watersports program. That means that when the ship anchors off places like Monte Carlo, St. Tropez and Ibiza, we drop the aft platform and offer the passengers an opportunity to swim, kayak, waterski, windsurf or sail right from the ship. It’s definitely the best job on the ship and a great way to see some of the world’s most amazing places. When the ship is docked and the platform cannot be opened, we escort many of the excursions. In the past two weeks we’ve been canoeing in Croatia, seen the leaning tower of Pisa, bicycled the ancient walls of Lukka in Tuscany and spent a day exploring Cinque Terre. Yes, I have to say the passengers are right, I do have a great job.
And this leads me to two points. One is that adventure jobs do rock and from the guest’s perspective it is one of just “traveling the world having fun”. This perception is romantic but not one hundred percent correct. In my next post, I’ll talk about the “behind the scenes” of an adventure job. The second point is how important it is to do what you love.
Yesterday, I sat on the back platform with a passenger and she talked about life. Last week she turned 50 and said she’s been wrestling with life’s questions. She has a good job as a financial planner with a respected firm. But, she says, what’s the purpose? Too just work forty hours a week for forty years to save to retire? There’s got to be more. I told her she was right to question this and should ALWAYS question it.
I have always had adventure jobs. They have never made me rich financially but have given me wealth in ways beyond dollars. I have been to over 106 countries and all seven continents. I have chalked up over 7500 scuba dives in the world’s most amazing destinations. Because of the jobs I have chosen I have truly seen the world and experienced things people simply dream of.
My point here is to really think about what you love in life, what you crave, what makes you happy, what makes you excited to get out of bed each and every day. Then do whatever you can in this world to spend your short time on this planet doing that. There’s only one you and only one life. Yes, it sounds corny and cliche but you ARE the master of your fate.
As I write this I can hear the bow thrusters of the ship positioning us to arrive in the small port of Ile Rousse on the northwest side of Corsica. It’s a place I’ve never been and certainly never would have seen had I not chosen this job. Today I will open the sports platform for the day and then stroll the town in the evening and explore someplace new. Not a bad way to spend a Tuesday.
To Your Adventures!