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Goodbyes are bittersweet.

Posted by defyphysics on February 18, 2011

This week has been a roller coaster of emotions.  Well, not quite a roller coaster because it’s mostly been awesome and a roller coaster wouldn’t be fun if it only had two or three drops and coasted up most of the time.  Last Saturday I gave my two week notice at work.  It was bittersweet to say the least.  I’m not a huge fan of the job itself, but I’ve been there for four years and work with so many great people it is hard to think about leaving all of them.  I will miss all the familiar faces, working outside everyday, slow days just hanging out with people at the bar, the towel hut, the kitchen, Palm Cafe, etc.  I’ll miss my motherly coworkers Vanda and Annie, who keep me on my toes, keep me fed, and are always watching out for me.  I’ll miss Bart, his stories, and his life lessons.  I’ll miss all the diverse people I come into contact with and have learned so much from over the last four years.

What I won’t miss is having to serve people.  Some people are good at it, but I’m terrible.  I’ve gotten better at it, but being a servant to someone who is utterly helpless at no fault of their own is frustrating to both the server and the person being waited on.  They can’t walk in the kitchen and get their food, or tell them their special order/allergy or make their own cocktail.  They have to tell me and I have to get it done for them.  Its a frustrating position to be in, especially with people you get to know and build a report with.  I also won’t miss having an unpredictable schedule, except knowing I’ll probably work every weekend.  I won’t miss the grueling summers, where I’d come home and feel utterly exhausted.  I won’t miss the extremely inconsistent income that gave me almost triple figure income one week, then below poverty line income the next.

The point is, I’m leaving behind a lot of great things but also leaving behind a lifestyle that just isn’t for me.  I’m going to miss the hell out of everyone, but in the end I’m going to be much happier for it.  I’m following my dreams, and it feels great.  I know I’m on my way to meeting other great people on an adventure of a lifetime, but every move, even good ones, have their costs.

I’m not even going to begin thinking about leaving my close friends and family.  It’s fast encroaching but I’ll cross that bridge when it comes.  It will be tough, but I know they’ll always be there for me no matter what.  As of now, I’m just enjoying the company they provide and bask in the good times before they’re put on hold for a few years.

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