The best decision I ever made was to not go to university and instead, go to Japan to work as a ski instructor.
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I had just left school and I had a place at university for something that I didn’t really want to do. Instead of just accepting that and proceeding to waste the next four years of my life, I decided to look for other options. Like many, in my situation, I looked for gap years to do. I already had a fair amount of skiing experience so I started to look for training programs to become a qualified instructor. I found one which also gave you a job at the end of your training.
So, I jumped at this opportunity and headed out to Japan for the winter. While I was out there, I met my girlfriend (Wakana) and we decided to stay in Japan a while longer. This was when we came up with the idea for Gaijin Crew and we started travelling.
I have not stopped to look back since.
You can do the same!
The reason why this was the best decision I ever made was because I didn’t settle for something that I didn’t really want to do, and you should absolutely do the same.
Don’t just go to university and get a degree and a job because you’ll get a lot of money, or because your family told you to or your school told you to. Find something you love and make that your life. Now, if that thing is a university degree and a particular job, then go for it, but don’t just do it because you’re “meant to”.
I love to travel and see the world because I think that it’s the best teacher in life. You not only learn more about the world, but more about yourself too!
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain
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