Often the issue is that your friends are unhappy with their situation and your happiness and success reminds them of that.[/QUOTE
You know...I think they're happy, they just don't understand.
This job isn't an easy thing to do and when you do it wrong you get yelled at (think college basketball officials getting yelled at by coaches) but it's very fulfilling. You have to have an element of fearlessness. Many of my friends don't have this. It's something I don't understand very well. I don't understand not working towards something.
My Mom (at age 72) is also going to climb Mt. McKinley this summer. We just set goals and go for it. That is where I get it from. But even if people don't understand another's goal you can still support it. Ya know?
Not everyone has physically challenging goals such as pushing ourselves in high competition, or the desire to conquer a Mountain peak.... you say you do not understand this from other people..
Some of your friends goals may be much smaller in comparison, even silent, unnoticed, possibly even "internal" goals, where there is no pats on the back or outward support... but to them...still very important... just another perspective is all..
Like me...I certainly feel it's important to stay healthy, but beyond that.. I wouldn't even entertain climbing a mountain.. I'd find something like that pure aggravation, I would hate every minute of it, especially if it was risky and dangerous.. then I would even think it was foolish. ....
Though it's great enjoyment to kick back & watch the Olympics, these people are AMAZING... but WOW ...the sacrifice to get there , for them, their families... Truly they deserve praise !
Are you saying you have a part time job that is a specialized sport -that Olympian's participate in, that you are reaching for this height someday yourself ?
Yes.. good friends should be there to support you...rally behind you.. want to see you do your best... friendship wouldn't be worth much without this.... just as you would be there to support them in their smaller endeavors...
Co-workers.. that's a mixed bag... can't really expect them for much support.. they are just people we are thrown in with on a job... some like us.. some don't...
Sounds you have your husband, kids and family rooting for you ... you are doing something you love & enjoy... that's all that matters !