I had a moment when I was 17 or 18, like go to school, work, retire, and die? Like, That's it?! I didn't want that. And I was set on this path of, oh, like it's probably going to be a lot more fulfilling to work or live a lifestyle that you want to be doing instead of just sacrificing yourself for a job or subjecting yourself to a boss that doesn't treat you well. I didn't want to be unhappy doing what I did. And so all of my jobs were wired with let's make sure
we're enjoying what we do.
You're listening to these Still Curious Podcast with me, Danu Poyner. My guest today is Erich Leidums, who is the content creator behind That Mountain Life, where he documents his family's outdoor adventures and parenting journey in a small mountain town in the interior of British Columbia, Canada.
Today's conversation is all about risk, play and reward. It's about celebrating effort as well as outcome, learning through experience and adventure and building confidence and resilience over time to ride out the inevitable bumps along the way. It's about showing up in the world, building a fulfilling and integrated lifestyle that aligns with your values and freeing yourself from the need for external validation.
I stopped caring about grades. Grades were dead to me. Just didn't matter because I didn't need or want that external validation from a teacher. And so if I wasn't into an assignment and it didn't feel aligned with me, I didn't want to do it. And that's probably why I'm unschooling my kids now. Right?
Eric has been a go getter from the get go, enterprising and with a background in adventure tourism, outdoor education, river guiding and leading youth on wilderness trips, as well as working as a paramedic. Now he's busy making videos for a living. But for Eric, all the hustle is really about creating a lifestyle that's fun, interesting and fulfilling for him and his family.
Mountain life is slower. It's got movement built in as a value we're surrounded by mountains. So not only do you have this awe and this awesomeness that's the nature around us.
You can also play and interact on the mountains and with the mountains. It snows 20 centimeters and the shops are closed because the shop owners and staff want to go ski the powder. It's this idea of working to live and not living to work. A lot of people are here for the lifestyle, not just to make a ton of money and maybe have a big career.
Erich's work and lifestyle is all about combining parenting and adventure. The content he creates through that mountain life explores themes of conscious parenting, unschooling and pushing and stretching our comfort zones in supportive ways.