Vail Daily letter: Partying too much? Stop apologizing and start living
If you don’t live here you won’t get it. If you do, you can’t forget it.
Living and working in a ski town is utterly exhausting.
So here’s the scenario. You’ve been vacationing here all your life. Or maybe just once 10 years ago with a friend. Either way you loved it, and made the decision that you wanted to live here. So you packed up your car and drove the 15 hours from whatever state you left behind in your rearview mirror. Now it’s been a few years and you’ve made a few friends, been to more than a few bars and concerts, and landed a job in the industry. Start shaking hands and serving smiles.
On one of your many nights out you’ve likely seen the bumper sticker around town, “My life is better than your vacation.” But what about when it’s not? Because there’s something else you’ve noticed besides that mantra. It’s that you are drinking more and more. You¹re smoking weed and then some. You might be making bad decisions, and have even lost a job or a relationship.
Welcome: your vacation has become your addiction.
If you’re feeling a knot in your stomach right now it’s because this is your current reality. The good news is this:
Our present state is always a result of our past decisions.
This means if you start making different choices right now, your future can be different. That’s where I come in. I’ve worked with many people in varying states of ruin due to these very scenarios. I’ve helped people whose partying turned into raging, which turned into an escalating lifestyle of consumption and apologies to themselves and others.
So if your Tennessee whiskey’s not so sweet anymore and you find yourself marking down the days to April 21, it’s time to stop apologizing and start living.