I’d be remiss to not acknowledge that my 7 year tenure in Orlando is ending almost exactly how it began-eating Chinese food somewhere in Georgia with everything I own packed up in my car and fiercely holding my breath until it’s time to make the next big step. Last time it was only weeks after graduation and I was so anxious and excited to begin my career that I had been planning for so long… This time it’s anxiety and excitement in unbelievable proportions as I prepare to adjust to life on the opposite side of the planet for a year.
When I moved to Orlando I knew no one there. No family, no friends, not even where the closest Target was. But I knew Disney and that was all that mattered. It certainly wasn’t my first experience with the mouse but this one was real, permanent, professional. I was able to wear my own clothes to work. Holy cow. No more awful combinations of polyester and neon colors. That was huge.
The last 7 years have brought me such great experiences, fantastic jobs, a most amazing wiener dog, and phenomenal friends. I have no idea where I will land after Korea but Orlando will always have my heart. When I moved here instantly it was home. I knew this was where I belonged. This is where I found myself. Who I thought I was…Who I wanted to be…And the reality that lay firmly seated between the two ideals. It hasn’t ended quite how I planned but someone very smart once told me “the best way to make God laugh is to make a plan.” So, it probably all worked out alright anyway.
The past few years (and months) in particular have brought very intense moments of self-actualization that are far too personal to post on such a public forum. However, I find it very important to state that I am grateful for every moment of it. As much as I know that I am ready to leave Orlando, it has been a much more emotional experience than I ever anticipated.
Between Disney and Aflac it has been an amazing experience. One I wouldn’t trade for anything. Far too many memories to list but they definitely will never be forgotten.
I’ll miss you Orlando. It’s been a great seven years.
Oh, and I guess I have 4 C’s now…Charles, a most fabulous addition
I don’t expect most of you to watch this video but it’s my rocking out song at the moment so I had to add it :)