WARNING - LONG POST
I am 21, turning 22 in a couple of weeks, I have two degrees to my name, own my own car and have no debts and no girlfriend. A couple of weeks ago I had an interview for a fitness trainer with a company who has health/spa and fitness facilities on board 6 star cruise liners.
Now since I have finished University I have started my own business as personal trainer and have been subcontracted by a 24hr fitness centre. The position is some what mundane and without sounding pig headed, Iâ??m over qualified for the position.
I also have qualifications in Education; Iâ??m a registered teacher of Science and Physical Education. I have been doing some stand in work around my other job at the fitness centre as the pay is quite good for hours worked.
Now Iâ??m not a normal 21 year old, I donâ??t drink, I Train, I donâ??t go out, I train. I love training. None of my mates understand it and saying that this has ostracized me is an extreme understatement, Iâ??m sure im not alone, but with each day I feel the journey down the road we are all on, becoming a quiet, quiet place.
Please donâ??t misunderstand me, I love my training, It for me has become part spiritual as it provides me with focus and reason, a place of solitude and solace. But also a place of pain, blood on the barbell, raw sweat and tears, I love it. I have not found a place that causes me so much pain but also beckons me back, calling, daring me to be better.
This new job offer on the cruise ship brings with it 10 hour days, 6 days a week and 3 meals a day and terrible, terrible pay. This is a far cry from my current 6 day training schedule and 6-8 meals a day. However I get to travel and I donâ??t have to pay for the meals or the accommodation, I donâ??t have any bills and the only money that is spent is what I choose to spend on board and at port, where ever that may be.
Being so young and having limited life experience, a small part of me yearns to go and travel. However the contract is for 9 months at sea. But a large part of me holds me to my training. Now I understand that I can train on board. But after 10hr shift and 3 meals how good is that session going to be? And if I then have another 10hr shift that leaves no room for rest. I may just be over-reacting to the situation but this is not going to be ideal for my training.
Now to add another dimension to the problem. I received a call today from a highschool interested in putting me on for the remainder of the school year (approx 3 months). This along with my other job as great financial gains and my training will suffer but I know that it will be manageable as I can make my own hours at the centre.
My question is, what do I do? I have done everything I can to deduce an outcome, pros and cons the whole lot. Im still at a loss. Torn between my love for training and possibilities that await me? What do I DO?