Less than two weeks. That’s the amount of time remaining in my college program. I have the same feeling when you watch a movie and you sense it is wrapping up, coming to an end. You want to hang on to the story, the characters, the feelings you have while watching it. But you know you must let go and move on with your life. You’ll come back and watch it again, but not for a while.
I want to hang on to this story. I’ll never forget all the crazy wonderful hecticness: the bus rides with an impossibly large pile of groceries at my feet, the late nights spent closing the Magic Kingdom, returning home to eat dinner at 3 am, doing homework for class the day before it’s due.
I’ll never forget the characters in this story, all the delightful friends who have brought me such joy: hanging with my roommates (and extended roommates), cutting up and having a blast. My co-cast members, always encouraging and sympathetic to the challenges at work. Friends I picked up along the way, from Traditions to a podcast meet-up. Park-hopping to all four parks in one day, playing Nerts late into the night, attending the housing parties. The story would be very dull if not for the characters!
As this was my first time living on my own, I expected a ton of homesickness. By the grace of God, I didn’t experience that at all. I did miss my family, of course, but that overwhelming wave of sadness at being away from them never hit. At most, there was a gentle ripple, nothing more.
I really look forward to being back home. I miss having a fully-functioning dishwasher, not having to walk a block to do laundry, not being confined by buses. Seeing my family in person and not through a camera lens will be wonderful. I can’t wait to start karate again too.
However, I will miss my friends here dreadfully. I really enjoyed being able to visit the parks anytime I wanted - pfft, who wouldn’t? I really did enjoy the pace of life I’ve experienced here, sometimes frenzied, always jam-packed. It was fun to be in a community that was interested in Disney on the level that I am, geeking out over many of the same things that I did.
So coming home is a good mix of positives and negatives in my mind. I actually wanted to extend my program, even applied and received an extension. I turned it down after much thought and prayer. It’s God’s time for me to go back home and finish school. His plans are perfect, and I trust Him. I think I’ll be back one of these days - perhaps another College Program, or maybe a Professional Internship. We’ll see what happens.
As for the blog, I’m way behind on posting pictures, so my posts will go on as long as I have content to post! After that it will probably lay dormant until more Disney stuff happens in my life. It’s been such fun to bring you pictures from my adventure. I hope it has brought you joy!
And now, I leave you with this:
For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.