Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Guest Post: Weekend Warrior vs. Cubicle Castaway ......

The greatest question that could be asked, Weekend Warrior vs. Cubicle Castaway? Does that make any sense? That is the question that I am wrestling with today, and everyday. I'm always going back and forth on this one question while I am in the shower or staring at my computer screen at 3:30 in the afternoon. Does my cubicle suck or does it give me money and the freedom to do the stuff I want? What would it be like if I was a cubicle castaway and did what I wanted outside full time? Do I have what it takes to be that person? And that is the real question here, which is better? Are either of these two choices of life better then the other? What does one offer that the other does not, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

The Weekend Warrior.............

I am in a peculiar situation as I am a full head on cubicle man during the week and a weekend warrior, fighting my way through the corporate jungle. However, my wife is a cubicle castaway who works, eats, sleeps, and plays in the outdoor industry. She is always making me painfully aware of how uncool I am because I have not heard about the awesome new backpacks that Deuter has out or something else along those lines. But, this is the life I have chosen. Four years of college and all I wanted that whole time was to work in a cubicle. But, what would it be like to have a job like my wife? Her job is to know and sell every kind of outdoor gear. Her job is to kayakSUP, and all that other stuff that I don't call work. But, then again she has funny hours and any job can be stressful and become taxing, doesn't matter what you do, some days are just plain tough. To be honest, as a weekend warrior there is one complaint that I have to voice against the cubicle castaways. Sometimes I feel just like a "outsider." It seems that there can be some big headed cubicle castaways that think just because they don't work in a cubicle that they are somehow one setup above the rest of us. So, once again here we are, Weekend Warrior vs. Cubicle Castaway.

Let us take the side of a Weekend Warrior for a few moments. The typical weekend warrior usually holds the old American Dream, a steady 8 to 5 job with a nice house, condo, or apartment to go along with it. These warriors of the corporate jungle cut and scramble their way through the week, just to make it to that Friday afternoon. Like a butterfly, ok a little cheesy, they shed off those business casual cloths and from that bat cave they emerge with the newest Patagonia shirt which makes them feel alive again. Now, there is something to be said about falling into the weekend warrior group. These are some possible reasons.....

1. Does a weekend warrior appreciate those great outdoors more after being cooped up all day?
2. Can a weekend warrior open up more opportunities and adventures by collecting that nice paycheck every two weeks?
3. Are the weekend warriors not so high and mighty, being more down to earth and easy going?


The Cubicle Castaway............

Of course there are two sides to every story. For the sake of being fair, and not being in the doghouse from my wife, I must take up the other side of the argument. Let there be no doubt, when I watch a movie like "127 Hours," there is something inside me that just wants to be a full time cubicle castaway that I can barely take it. Who, after sitting in a cubicle for one week has not day dreamed about just leaving it all behind and doing what we all love in the outdoors full time? My wife gets to wear the cool cloths 7 days a week, no dressing up. She gets to work with kayaks, backpacks, SUP's, and all those things I dream about at night. Who doesn't like the idea of "work" being going on a rock climbing trip or backpacking trip?

To be a cubicle castaway would mean, in general, to leave the stress of that corporate world. Heck, that probably extends your life expectancy by a couple years. Low stress, breathing that fresh air everyday, that has got to be better for you. No doubt you can become a master of many things such as rock climbing, paddling, and trail running. When it comes down to it, if you get to spend all day surrounded by those hobbies and outdoor activities you like to do, perhaps you become more of master at these things and are therefore able to enjoy them more. In the end life is pretty short and from that point of view maybe the cubicle castaway really gets to live life more and enjoy it to its fullest. Maybe these are some possible reasons for choosing to be a cubicle castaway.....

1. Cubicle Castaways get to spend all day, everyday doing what they love outdoors and the rest of us don't?
2. Do Cubicle Castaways get to become more experienced in outdoor activities, mastering them, and therefore enjoy them more then the average person?
3. Does a Cubicle Castaway live in a low stress environment that gives them better mental and physical health?

Most likely in the end it will come down to what kind of person you are. Some people like the security of that corporate job and truly love what they do. Others can not stand the thought, and couldn't be in the cubicle for a week straight, and have chosen another path. You've probably heard the saying, "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence," probably at some point both Weekend Warriors and Cubicle Castaways have wondered what it would be like to have what the other person has. What kind of a person are you? Is your kind better then the other? What benefits does your choice give you? Would you change if you could?


Daniel's Bio: Cubicle warrior and weekend warrior, that is me. I am Midwest boy raised in the flatlands who grew up working and playing in the great outdoors...mostly because that is all you can do where I'm from. I'm a fan of anything outdoors, from fly fishing on the weekend to climbing Colorado's Capitol Peak. Doesn't matter if it is running, biking, or kayaking I like to do it all. I enjoy being a amateur of all them, I believe it makes life more interesting when you don't know what you are doing. I run a web site called www.ShareThisAdventure.com, a free web site made by outdoor enthusiast, for outdoor and adventure enthusiast. I want everyone to be inspired and to inspire others with adventure stories from the mountain to the weekend road trip. Basically anyone can upload a story with photos about any activity they have done outdoors and share it with the world, the idea is to share the love of the outdoors and get people off that couch.

9 comments:

  1. Haha. Interesting views. I of course am stuck in a cubicle, but it has provided the means to travel for fun and for racing without having to stress about money. I also don't know if I'd really be in better shape cause having a schedule keeps me busy/going. I do think it would be nice to have a job I "played" all day; something fun, hands-on...

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  2. I'm moving (very slowly it seems) from cubicle to ...something else. I grew up with the mindset that you go to work 9 to 5 and do your job and don't take days off and to be "responsible". I did that for the most part in my 20s.

    In my 30s, my husband and I started our own home based business that allowed my cubicle to at least be at home. We read the 4 hour work week by Tim Ferris and a lot of it made sense to us and we've managed to knock our work week down to part time jobs with hours of our own choosing. See...getting closer - but still in a cubicle.

    My 40s are about moving out of that classic view of what work is. I'm not working towards retirement. I want a little bit of retirement living right now. I also want to move it more towards the outdoors and less in these 4 walls.

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  3. Thought provoking post, Kovas. Living in Crested Butte, I am kind of neither and basically just have a job to be able to live in this beautiful place that we do...I guess closest to the weekend warrior, but it's not the busy corporate world of most cities, a bit different spin any way. I would enjoy retiring now, but have not figured out how this is attainable at the moment. I guess the grass is always greener on the other side at times.

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  4. What do you call someone who sits at his kitchen table and is only about 15 minutes away from getting on the bike or on the road for a run generally whenever he wants but on the other side of the equation has a cell phone that rings all hours of the day 7 days a week and is usually answering emails until midnight?

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  5. I don't have any skills that would allow me to work outdoors as my main source of income. My main skills require me tethered to a desk, which is fine.

    I'd say I'm a weekend plus after 5pm warrior.

    We have long days here in California.

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  6. this was your best post, evah!

    i can't imagine anyone taking a cubicle over the great outdoors.

    :D

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  7. I'm trying to keep the mindset that working all week long just lets me appreciate being able to be outside that much more. And as a teacher I have some of the best of both worlds, though it seems like what we make is barely supporting us right now. Oh, well, it's all a season.

    Very cool guest post.

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  8. I wouldn't change my life for anything in the world. Aside from the fact that I am a full time mum - I love that once the kids are at school the whole day is mine to do as please - so long as I get the housework done first :)

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  9. Interesting...There are times when I long for a 9-5 cubicle job. While my job is (I think) more interesting than straight up cubicle work, it's not as fun as being outside and I work 60-80 hrs a week every week (do the math- that means I work at least 6 days a week). I'm working on an exit strategy so I can fit in more than 3 work-outs a week! Hopefully in 10 years, I'll be close to retired- i.e., working 30-40 hr weeks!

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