Today’s prompt really brought me back to my internship at Walt Disney World in Florida. If I hadn’t have done that internship I don’t know who I would be.
At the time I was one semester removed from failing out of the University of New Mexico and was biding my time at Central New Mexico Community College (An institution I also credit with developing who I am).
I walked into the seminar describing the internship in the middle of February, just because, and by July I was in Florida. I didn’t take the move that lightly, I had developed a pretty solid base in Albuquerque and didn’t really want to leave my friends. But I also realized how my education career was growing stagnant and I needed something to offset the problems of my past. I had to give it a shot.
So my dad flew out to Albuquerque and he and I drove cross country to Florida. Part of me felt like I had failed in New Mexico but, after awhile, I realized I had to go to Disney so I could pursue the opportunities I did during my second go around in New Mexico.
My internship in the Magic Kingdom taught me a multitude of things about customer service and showed me parts of myself I didn’t really know I had. If I didn’t have to (want to) go back to Albuquerque I probably would have stayed there.
Sometimes the metaphorical leaps we take break us. What I didn’t know for a long time is the actions (or other metaphorical leaps) we take to build ourselves back up can be just as important.
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