Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

A Guide Student's Lesson

Some years ago, I was working on the most challenging project I had picked so far. During never ending days of frustration and no visible way out, I brought myself to my very limits. At this time, I found myself searching for what I really wanted to fill my life with. What I eventually found was my longing for being outside, my passion for people and my will to challenge myself.

So I came across a Canadian outfitter school searching for a caretaker for a cabin in the mountains of British Columbia. The day I saw the offer I called the school. I received a lot of useful information including the condition that I have to take part in their guide school. At this moment I was very skeptical as I was looking for a job to sustain my life rather than spending money. It was not an easy choice to make. I decided to invest and to see it as one step towards my goal.

From the beginning I was overwhelmed by the gorgeous scenery of huge trees, snow covered mountains and unsaddled horses grazing on juicy green meadows. I sent pictures to my friends and family at home. They were amazed! It seemed I had found a place everybody dreams of.

There was one friend, however, who knows me quite well. She liked the pictures but at the same time she didn't trust the images. She told me that this setting would not fit how she sees me. I thought a lot about this. I replied to her saying that surely the scenery is what is sold here and is what people live on. It is the product! The hardships which need to be gone through in order to make a place like this working and suitable for tourists are not seen at first glance, but these uncomfortable and difficult tasks are part of the life here nonetheless. People complained openly about such conditions. A few years ago, I might as well have done just the same, but as I learned from my past employer and still dear friend, I tried to make the best out of it.

So I pulled myself together. I focused on every single tiny piece of positivity I could make out in any situation. I spent my precious time on analyzing problems and on trying to solve them. The problems I evaluated as unsolvable I sternly accepted. I am extremely happy that I managed to enjoy this guide school in it's entirety and also that others will try to take the advice's I had the chance to give. All my teammates made this time an awesome and unforgettable episode of my life. Now I am focusing on the next steps to make my dreams come to life.

All my efforts have been encouraged and supported by my guides. I admire your patience and Your team spirit. You are the leaders I look up to.

Chilcotin Holidays

About Chilcotin Holidays

We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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