I am going to Banff… I’m going to Banff… I’m going to Banff?
Yes!! And I can’t truly express my excitement in words.
This was the adventure I needed.
I’d recently been feeling so stuck within my mundane life. Well, that was the problem. My life was starting to feel mundane. I felt like what my life was just not enough. And I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something was missing. It wasn’t anything material, because I have more than enough things. And it wasn’t romance, because I’m in the happiest relationship I’ve ever been in. I just… I needed to feel more. That coupled with anxiety over my impending graduation made for severe unhappiness.
It was a multitude of things that led me to this. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life after graduation.
I was at a point in my life where everything was going to change, but I had no idea how. My path in life had never been so unsure.
I could go to grad school, but I knew I would be doing that to avoid the real world. To hide behind my education for a little bit longer until I felt ready.
There was the prospect of working for a public relations company. It was only a possibility and one I would gladly jump at, but I also wasn’t sure if that was the career path I wanted for life.
Then there was my speeding ticket, which would increase my insurance by a ridiculous amount. An amount a student would not be able to pay for.
And then there was Banff. It was the elusive answer to my problems. It solved them all. Escape.
I needed something more. I needed something new. And I needed something that was exclusively for me.
This feeling of missing something, it was entirely internal. It was something in me that I needed to work out on my own. And I truly think you find yourself by being by yourself.
I applied for a job working with Fairmont Hotels. It was a long shot. It’s extremely competitive and I applied with little to no hope.
And then my phone rang. And I needed this. I had an hour long interview where I inserted everything I knew about Banff and Fairmont, and everything good about myself.
The hardest part about getting jobs is actually getting them to give you the interview. Once you’re there you just have to show them a) how badly you want it (show them you prepared for the interview) and b) showing them how charming, but also professional you can be.
I’m on cloud nine.
I really and truly am. I’ve never just left. Just went for something that I wanted and didn’t consider the repercussions or anyone else.
This trip is for me. It’s for me to get some adventure, to really live my life.
And Banff is just Banff. It’s not halfway across the world, it’s still Canada. But it’s thousands of miles away from my home, and my people, and everything that makes me feel comfortable.
I’m taking to the mountains. And that could not feel more exhilarating. That is what’s making me feel so alive.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Re-springing Your Step.”