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When most of the non-seasonal people in my life find out what I do for a living, they often pose the questions "What is it that you're running from? Why can't you just settle in one place?" To those people my answer is I'm not running away from anything, I am running twoards everything, new adventures, new friends from all over the world, new job opportunities and many more possibilities to grow in my career, getting to live in beautiful places that most only get to vacation in. Who wouldn't want any of those things.

So my questions back to everyone now is "What are you hiding from? Why settle for just one place?"

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Comment by Leo Anderson on May 2, 2010 at 8:48pm
I agree that it is a "Blessing" to work in "Beautiful" places, so i wouldn't consider it running from anything either.
Comment by janice ball on April 30, 2010 at 4:41pm
Well said Carol. we as human being we are all born, then die.. the why is in how we use and take that life we are given....for me i have always been drawn to the outdoors, wildlife, nature in the whole.. i just wish i knew a while back about the seasonal jobs.. So the question i ask myself is just how much material things do i really need, what is going to satisfy my heart and soul... for some odd reason i love frogs,, heres the good a friend i work with has a small frog necklace her husband gave here one year, i asked about it, this is so cool he gave it to her because a frog only jumps foward never backwards... gave me a new perspective on my love for frogs and everytime i see one reminds me just go forward... and Carol to me making it to retirement age, which in goverment eyes 62 and ya still have to work... so why not have a pay -cation..i don't want to be that old and not be able to walk and hike, fish, camp, love what this great country has to offer... i'm with you lady...
Comment by Carol on April 30, 2010 at 3:41pm
Wow, a lot of insightful posts and great answers.
A guy asked my cook-friend what he planned to do when he grew old and retired but had no money cause he was working seasonal jobs.
My cook-friend posed this question, then, to me.
I told him I am going to travel all around and meet new people, and work in cool places.

Wait! LOL, I am doing that Now
The joke is on the 9-5 ers.
Who ever said I was going to Make It to Retirement Age??

"The moment one definitly commits oneself, then Providence moves too.
A Whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in ones favor all manner of unforseen incidents and material assistance.

Whatever you can dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now." --- J.W. van Goethe
Comment by janice ball on April 30, 2010 at 3:30pm
My thought is "If ya have to explain they wouldn't understand" i stopped explaining, cause i see know reason to explain.. There are the people in this world are meant to be pavment beaters and then there is all of us.. Just takes some longer to realize and like me start running with scissors... and seems since i've decided and made this choice,, i feel so much more free than ever.. so it to me just a life style and choice... some wait till they can't take it anymore doing the "so called right thing" and some love the life of 24/7 jobs that they never have a life that is really there's. I always want to say i never want to be judged by the work i do, but the way i live my life.. it short i don't want a job to define who i am... there's always things about who we are that people can't grip, but there's things i can't grip with others,, but that's who they want to be and things and places i want to do are different, and i love coolworks, we can be who we really are... no questions or what if or why's.. that's the just the short version of my enter workings... some say i'm crazy but it keeps me from going insane,, oh yeah back the question of what i'm hiding from, not hiding either want to do and go places my heart and soul tells me.. and have had the house, career, bills, family, thought that was what i was suppose to do, but never happy. Daughter grown, single now It Is Time .. thanks
Comment by Carolann on April 29, 2010 at 9:35am
Hi ya’ll. Lord I’ve lost count of the number of people that decided I was having a mid-life crisis. It was while trying to explain why I left school with only 24 credit hours to go for a financial analysis degree, why at my age I’m not working on building up some great nest egg for when I’m to old to work, (which is not that far away to begin with), or any of the thousands of questions by well meaning people that love me. (O’ya Jon, the “nervous breakdown” group. Do you find yourself wondering if they are right? I almost bought into that line of thinking myself.) It was while trying to explain, one more time, that my goal in life was to live life to it’s fullest that I wrote the “Wanderers” blog, posted here. For me, mid way through my first season, which was suppose to be just one season, then I would go back to “real life”. I realized I was living my someday list. (This was before the bucket list). Having started motherhood early in life I was always saying how someday I would see all the wonderful places I could only see on tv or read about. The realization that I had done my job as a mom, my children are adults now. There was no spouse to hurry home to cook and clean for anymore, so why not. So if living my someday list is running, then let me lace up my running shoes and show me the starting line! Sure it’s kind of scary. And yes, I would love to have had someone with me to share my first look at the Grand Canyon. But if I keep waiting for the someday when I can “afford” this, or have someone to share it with then I would never have seen the Grand Canyon. OMG it is beautiful! My only regret will be if I run out of life before I see and experience all the wonders of this world.
Comment by Kathi on April 28, 2010 at 1:00pm
Great blog post and wonderful answers you guys! I certainly believe in what we do here at CW, but it's nice from time to time to be reminded.
Comment by jon youngblood on April 28, 2010 at 11:34am
right on jojo great post. i fought it all last summer with the phone calls about when i am going to "come back". my immediate family is finally understanding that i want to live in the mountains. now i am dealing with former colleagues in the construction industry. they think i am having or had a nervous breakdown and are always offering to help me. they don't understand how i just walked away from all the action and money (to be fair, i loved it). maybe i should have them visit me this summer and see me in actions completely relaxed.
Comment by Dawna Raven sky on April 27, 2010 at 7:49pm
The same here JoJo, and I basically respond with the same answer. Life on this earth is a short adventure and I believe in living it... taking advantage of new opportunities is very fulfilling... in many cases I think they are envious.. because we have the guts to embark on these adventures... fear is also one.. they follow the society norm... I feel so much more abundant and rich by having these experiences.. so I say jump on the back of your favorite horse and ride off into the sunset.. Live, Love and laugh the journey..
Comment by aggie71 on April 27, 2010 at 3:15pm
Interesting post JoJo ... I remember last summer when I took a 4 month job in Yellowstone there were definitely two "camps" - one group thought it was GREAT, and the other group thought it was stupid, irresponsible, and just delayed myself from finding a "real" job. Frankly, I didn't care what anyone thought .... it felt right to me, and in hindsight I made exactly the right decision at the time. If I hadn't gone to Yellowstone, I would have sat in Houston constantly depressed due to a stream of "thanks but no thanks" interviews and also having to cope with the stifling hot, humid summer that is Houston. I probably would have been forced to seek a job just like the 34 year one I "retired" from ... what a drag! Instead I had one of the best summers of my life, and fell in love with Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho (you can have Kansas). I also made some great friends that I still stay in touch with. I am ready for another summer job - I need to get my medical insurance squared away, finish a year with Hershey, stay in shape and then I'll be ready to hit the road again with all the rest of you! I see lots of places to run to, and no where to hide.
Comment by Patty Brown on April 27, 2010 at 3:02pm
JoJo - You are so right! But people don't understand. They have said, oh, you are so brave. I could never leave my family and friends. But some families are only relatives you share a blood line with. I can't wait to get going and start my adventure. My only regret is that my husband can't come this time. But next year when we are better prepared, here we come!

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