I have some of the most amazing friends. There is absolutely NO doubt in my mind about that. We have accomplished SO much and sometimes when I sit back and think about it (like now) I just get this feeling that I am the luckiest girl in the world to be surrounded by these people and to have the privilege of calling them my friends.
Two of my best friends, Jeff and Mike, talked about working in Disneyland when we were in high school. They talked about doing that while Abel, Laura and I talked about living and studying in another country. Of course this was just all talk; this was us trying to escape the fact that we were stuck in high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico – a place where the majority of Americans didn’t even know was part of the US. Basically…we wanted out!
Last summer Jeff and Mike left the desert in May to join Mickey & Co. in Orlando, Florida. They were accepted into Disney World’s College Program. The previous year, Abel studied abroad in Norwich, England. When Abel got back, he and I took a little holiday to visit our friends at “The Happiest Place On Earth.” Laura would have joined us, but she was studying at The Sunshine Coast in Australia. The timing to go out to Orlando was perfect; we missed the hurricanes and I got back in time to get ready for my big adventure of studying in England.
Long story short – we did it. We had dreams and we followed through with them. I am so proud of who my friends are and I’m even more excited about what’s to come. Abel just got accepted into a program where he will spend the summer in Italy and teach English to little Italian children. I’m not going to put my hopes up, but if things go well for him (and if I work harder than I ever have this next year) it’s something I would like to look into. The thing with traveling and following your dreams is this: once you start…you can’t stop.