One of the lodge manager stalwarts at Mt Hotham is Liz Hanger. In her third season now, it is hard to believe her initial reaction to a suggestion of working in a ski resort was – “oh … I think I’m passed that!” Instead she has done just that, turning her new vocation into her vacation.
I was sitting on a bus, listening to the conversations going on around me when one stood out. The topic was “use-by” dates. I was obliged to listen because one of the conversationalists was speaking rather loudly. They were debating the usefulness and validity of use-by dates, noting that some people observe them conscientiously and others take little or no notice and seem to be okay. It got me thinking about my use by date …
What are the decision-making processes that people go through to take up a flexible lifestyle? Is it a process of logical analysis and preparation? Well possibly – but like skiing, it is a dynamic sport. There are always changes in the terrain that you don’t expect.
How do you get to work? Are you sardined into a commuter train/tram/bus lurching in unison with the vehicle’s motion? Do you drive in a swarm of traffic that leaves you stressed and anxious at the start of the day? Or, do you walk to work like a do – along a pathway like this?