March 2, 2011

Disney - Nine Days In

My first week working at Disney World is officially over, and what a week it's been! Sunday I started on the job training, now I have today and tomorrow off, and then on Friday I'll have my assessment. If all goes well and I don't majorly mess up the assessment, on Saturday I'll be on my own. Am I ready for that? Not so much... but I've been doing a lot of things recently that I thought I wasn't ready for, and I'm discovering that if you just act like you know what you're doing than you start actually figuring it out...so I'm just pretending like I'm ready for everything that's happening around me. I'm winging it! 

In case you were wondering, my job is working outdoor carts at the Magic Kingdom. If you ever see those people selling Mickey Mouse ice cream bars or boxes of popcorn, that's me. I really love certain parts of my job, especially interacting with the guests. I've had a blast during training because we've been out in front of our carts getting guests to clap and dance around with us, just goofing off. It's been hilarious because we'll start doing the cha cha slide, and as guests walk by they have no idea what's going on, but they start doing whatever we're doing! People are so funny to watch sometimes, it really makes me smile.

I've really surprised myself since I've gotten here to Florida, because I have been very oddly calm. As I've ridden the bus to work, gotten home from work past midnight the past few nights, ran errands, cooked meals, and done laundry... I've begun to get an idea of what my life looks like right now. It's different, very different from anything I ever imagined it would be, but I like it. I like being confident on my own, I like knowing that I can be brave enough to do hard things, I like meeting so many new people and getting to jump into their lives, even for the briefest moments in time.

I am one week and two days into something life changing. Something crazy. I love so many things about Florida, my new friends, parts of my job, the weather...and I'm trying to take the harder things in stride, trying to grow from every experience that I come across. So far, one week and two days in, I am feeling like this is going to be something incredible. Something worthwhile. It's not all pixie dust, there are definite downsides that I'm trying to figure out how to deal with, but I have such a strong group of friends around me, both new and old, that I think will help me through whatever is ahead.

Alright, this is getting to be a long blog, but I just wanted to say thanks to all of the people who have been praying and cheering for me. it's really meant the world to me. If you haven't heard me say it enough than this is for you: thank you!