Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Chilcotin Holidays

Get independant and grow more self-confident

My name is Job and I am a 26 year old male who lives nearby Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
I have studied computer science for my bachelor and after that I got my master ICT in Business and worked as a product owner in a big IT company for a year. It is a nice job but I just wanted to do something totally different instead of being stuck behind a desk the whole day. This is when I decided to get out of my comfort zone and to start a new adventure in Canada. Besides that, it would be the perfect opportunity for me to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

After all the initial preparation I arrived at the Chilcotin Holidays ranch in the beginning of August. From that moment on I learned a lot of new skills and had some great experiences. Before I came here, I did not have any experience with horses so the first few days were quite challenging because everything was new for me. Nevertheless, I was able to adapt and learned a lot of new skills such as western horse riding, shoeing and packing. These skills enabled me to become an assistant guide on a pack trip which was definitely the highlights of my stay here. Other things I learned around here where how to operate a chainsaw, horse logging, tractor operation, general maintenance, working with horses, ranch hand, baking, housekeeping, cleaning, cooking, hiking and wildlife viewing. Another important part of my stay was the conservation work I did for the Wilderness Stewardship Foundation (WSF), during my time here I worked on several projects and visited a stakeholder meeting in Lillooet which was very interesting.

In order to be able to learn all these things in a couple of weeks you need to be in a special environment and that was certainly applicable to this place. All the people I met here were nice, friendly and willing to share their knowledge and skills with you which is quite amazing when you think about it. On the other hand it is inspiring to see that everyone is here for its own reasons and has some specific goals and interests they want to work on during their time here. Despite that, this never affected the overall vibe and willingness to get things done together and to let the guests enjoy their stay here.

All the experiences I had here did not only result in new skills but also enabled me to learn a lot about myself. Sometimes you are confronted with your fears or shortcomings and here you have no other option than to deal with it and make it happen. I realized that my fear of failure was stopping me from doing a lot of cool things and that it does not matter if you fail as long as you learn something from it. Besides that, my self-confidence has grown around here and I became more independent because I know that I can make it on my own at the other side of the world.

Despite the fact that changing things in your life always have to start from within there are some factors around here that definitely stimulate this process. These are the small community you live in with the other staff members and the wilderness environment that surrounds you. By living closely together with other staff members you can actually see the changes other people go through and how they develop as a person from close by. This is fulfilling and encouraging at the same time because it keeps you motivated to work on your own goals and interests every single day. The wilderness environment also contributes to your personal growth and independence because out here there is not much more than yourself you can rely on. It has thought me that the law of nature is leading and where you come from of what you have done before does not matter at all.

At the end of my time here I can finally say that I now have a better direction for the rest of my life. I have not reached the point in my life where I want to work behind a desk for 40 years and settle in by buying my own place in the Netherlands.

This adventure thought me that I first want to travel more and experience completely different environments because this makes me happier than I have ever been before. Hopefully someday the time will come that I am comfortable with settling in and maybe that time will never come at all and that is also fine. It really is a cliché but - keep following your own dreams and do not let anyone or anything push you in a situation you are not satisfied with. After all, the worst that can happen is failure.

Job, Netherland

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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