This week I realized what an amazing opportunity I stumbled upon with this job.

Up until now, when people have asked "How's Colorado?" I've responded with some version of, "It's different than anything else I've done!" And that's the truth. And different isn't always bad.

Thursday our boss invited us to see this 80's cover band play at a park in his community, and we all went and the other guys brought their families. The band wasn't half-bad for an 80's cover band called "Retro" but that's beside the point. What I want to get at is the fact that sometime that night, once the sun has set, the fire pit was dying, and the drinks were dwindling , the conversation turned to me, and my plans while I'm here. One thing led to another and my boss gestures to present company and informs me: "You've just become part of a family."

I took a job in a state I've never been to, not knowing anyone, a week before I actually started it. I drove 1500 miles by myself, not knowing where I would be sleeping the night I got there, and had to go to work the next day. I didn't know what to expect, honestly. All of a sudden it just became so real, like it was something someone else did, not me. Sure it's not backpacking through Europe, or exploring international landmarks, but it's an adventure nonetheless. Just like so many things in life can be.
Not knowing anyone is tough, and I was expecting -hell, planing- on doing everything alone. But it is sure nice knowing that I wont be.

Is this what growing up is like?
Lizzie said...

In answer to your last question: I think so.

Once I score a box big enough that can store all the stuff I wanna send you, you are getting that package. EVEN IF IT'S THE LAST THING I DO.

Stay well, my friend.

Kaylie said...

They're lucky to have you in their family. You're so brave to have taken on this adventure. I can't wait to see where it takes you!

Natalie said...

Ahhh, Dillon I'm so excited for you and finding this niche in Colorado. Even when the familiar works out well, I feel like life is too short not to explore the different (can I be anymore cliche?).

Maggie Shirley said...

You're adorable. I'm glad you're having a good time. CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU.

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