Working in the outdoor industry I meet many different kinds of people. A lot of them treat me like I am uneducated or I know nothing because I am a woman and they ask for “one of the guys” to help them. But funny thing is I have a college degree and I’m finishing up my masters, and I know what I am doing, because I have been doing this for 8 + years. If they learn that, then they just assume I am doing this just to pass the time, so then I can eventually “get a real job.”

If I lay out the list of all the things I do and have done, giving my back-story, it’s usually met with two responses, “Good for you.” (Said with sarcasm, typically) or then the more common response, “You’re young, do it now.” 

My lifestyle choice, to them, is that I am getting it out of my system before entering the “real job” market. Like this life I have built is just an in-between time that I’ll soon grow out of. It’s living in a society that rewards predictability and routine so when asked “what do you do?” the question requires me basically giving up my life story.

Some days are harder than others but I love the community and people within this industry. I want to create, and I want to work for passion. Because I have always been told “you can be anything you want.” It’s not easy; I realize I am a hard worker with a crazy work ethic. I am not sure where it came from or why but I am incapable sometimes of saying no and typically maintain at least 2 jobs, let alone occasional freelancing and personal goal/ dream job creation development.

I recently took one of those personality tests, and I was shocked about how accurate it was. INFP personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While we may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, INFPs have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine. The true strengths were: Idealistic, Seek Value Harmony, Open-Minded and Flexible, Very Creative, Idealistic, Passionate and Energetic, Dedicated and Hard Working. Yup, I think that about sums me up to the T. From a famous INFP writer: 

“All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither; deep roots are not reached by the frost.” - J. R. R. Tolkien

My purpose is to have fun doing whatever I am doing and getting to know lots of different people, because it makes life more exciting.