It was 5:00 AM on a Monday Morning when my alarm rang. I woke up, took a quick shower and headed to the airport to catch a 7:20 flight from Mumbai to Delhi. In between taking the first call of the day with stakeholders in Australia. Courtesy indigo, flights are on time and I made it to office in Gurgaon by 10:00 AM to catch up with the rest of the World which is waking up for calls and video chats through the day.
I do this every weekend, travel to Mumbai on a Friday and back to Delhi on a Monday morning. One has to make choices when your family is in one city and work in another.
Since the time I took up adventure sports, my life started changing. My journey started with running, then riding and now mountaineering. As the passion evolved from one sport to another, so did the requirements for time and money.
Mountaineering is a sport that requires a lot of patience, unlike many other adventure sports or events that finishes in a day or 2, any major mountain summit can require a minimum of 15 days going upto as much as 2 months. Added to that is the insane cost that varies from 2 – 45 lacs depending on the summit. Quitting your job to follow your passion is easier said than done. It may give you enough time to train and do many other things that is always a struggle with a full time job, but then how does one fund the expedition. Savings ? of course…. But how long will it last and even if one decides to get back to work post taking a break, it may take months to get a well-paying job again and there is no guarantee that a job will be waiting at the end of the search.
There are few more things to consider while thinking about quitting the job. Who will take care of the family and their expenditure. Given the society we live in, I think this one is more relevant to men as many have taken the primary responsibility for sustaining their families, education for their children and everything else that follows.
I personally don’t have that responsibility however, my husband was supportive to the point that I find a way to fund my passions – either through sponsorships or working for it.
There are so many experienced mountaineers today wanting to do the seven summits or other mountains in the World. One of the things that puts a halt on their dreams is funding. Not all but most of the things we wish pursue in our lives requires money.
I have given serious thought to quit my job very often, and now with the choice to take up a better paying job in another city I feel exhausted trying to manage inter-city travel every weekend, long work hours, training for expeditions and most of all utilizing the limited leaves we get from work in the best way possible.
When I talk to people around me, I get suggestions such as “why don’t you look for sponsors”. Of course one can look to get sponsors, but ask someone who is trying to get one. Getting sponsors is one of the most challenging tasks and few manage to succeed. I am keeping my fingers crossed J and working towards getting sponsorship, but am also preparing to pay for as much of it as I need to at the same time.
Based on my experience of working for over 12 years, and achieving all that I possibly could. I can confidently say that you can have it all, provided you are willing to work for it.
Work, Marriage, Family , Money or anything else cannot be your excuse for not doing what you really want to.