We closed the lodge today (Seasonal job at Yellowstone for those unfamiliar), so there’s a lot of “last of’s” and “stay in touch”es and even some weepy faces. I get it, I really do. I may have even experienced those emotions at some point, but right now…today…I’m just happy this is the end of this adventure.
Not because it was horrible or I didn’t get anything out of it, but because it’s the beginning of something else. Throughout my years in the Navy, I only recall a few times when I was melancholy to leave a place. I was always thrilled to get to the new place. I may have even teared up a bit to leave a good friend, but those that were meant to stay in my life have stayed.
So while working the last shift, watching the youngins get all mushy and weepy, I may have rolled my eyes once or twice. I may have even joked that they were being silly. But I really do get it. This has been an awesome experience in their lives. Hopefully the first of many. They have made awesome friends and hopefully they’ll stay in touch. But more importantly, they have left an impression on me. Their optimism, their “go get life” attitudes… reminds me that there is hope for our future. They may not know where they want to go or what they’ll end up doing, but they are doing something…they are trying things and they will figure it out.
So while this ol’ timer (by seasonal employee standards) may be ready to move on to the next adventure, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t feeling a little weepy myself right now. Inspiration and optimism will do that to me.