Sometimes life gets crazy. And preparing to leave the “Happiest Place on Earth” was definitely an opportunity for things to get full-tilt, go-for-broke insane. After our week at Animal Kingdom, we did end up going back to Tomorrowland for the last week of the program. It was nice to be back “home”, but everyone’s hours were insane because of the holidays. We were working 11, 12, 13 hour days that often ended at 3:00 or 4:00 A.M. And on top of that, I was also trying to cram in all of the things I wanted to do before the end of hte program. I went to dinners with friends and roommates, picked up shifts at new locations, packed my things, celebrated the holidays, and just generally tried to enjoy the little down time I had. So I apologize that I wasn’t able to document the end of my experience. I genuinely wish I had had the time, for my own sake as much as for any readers out there who were hungering to find out how this grand adventure would end (I’m sure there was somebody out there who was at least curious).
Looking back on it, though, my last weeks in Orlando weren’t really any more adventurous than the weeks before. Life’s usually like that. There really are no neat endings, tied up with a bow. One story simply begins to bleed into the next. There was no grand climax, no enormous moment of revelation and completion. It just…ended. I packed my car, said goodbye, and headed off for home. It was difficult, but I was also ready to get back to school, work, and my family and friends.
This semester, though, was one of the best of my life (what little of it I’ve experienced so far, anyway). I went out, had an adventure, lived in a new town, met new people, and did brand new things I never imagined I would get to do. I was able to do all of it, and pick right back up where I left off when I returned home.
So, thank you, Dear Reader, for following my adventures. Whether you’re a person I see everyday in my real life, or someone who just checks in on my blog every now and then to see what the CP is like, I truly appreciate that there are people out there who were reading as I recorded my crazy adventures. I really wrote it for myself, but without knowing that there were people out there interested in what I had to say, I would have given it up before I even began.
And now, almost one year after I began this blog, I am officially out of things to say. This chapter is over, and it ends the way all good stories should…
And They Lived Happily, Ever After.