Jake Bussey – Teacher
“Gratefulness leads to a widely opened heart. You cannot receive anything great in life with a closed heart. Be grateful and reap the benefits!”
– Assegid Habtewold
There is a great deal of guesswork in this world of ours. It’s nice to know that, every now and then, there comes along something so intrinsically right that it feels perfectly suited to you. That’s how I feel about adventures, education and the outdoors. Really there weren’t a whole lot of choices when it came down to it: I need the thrill of adventure every now and then, I couldn’t teach inside walls all the time, and I had to work in the outdoors as much as possible.
It’s been almost a decade since I finished my university years, fifteen since I began them, and delved into the wild current known as a career. There were a lot of setbacks, things that brought me to a screeching halt. There were also a lot of things that propelled me forward, and all of them had two things in common: they were fun to do, even though they were work, and they all educated folks in the ways and the symmetry of the outdoors.
I have worn a lot of hats over the years: National Park Ranger, Camp Counselor, YMCA Program Director, Forest Service Ranger, delivery driver, and many more. I love the hats (as a matter of fact, I have a wide collection of hats that I adore and wear all the time), and they have added breadth and scope to my life to the point that, in fifteen short years, I have done so much and seen even more that I can hardly believe I packed all that adventure into them! As always, I look for the next adventure.
Hey, a question: will you go on my next one with me?
“Life is good.”