Finally! The day that I have been waiting for for over 8 months is almost here. I can't believe its been that long! Today is my last full day here, because tomorrow I leave Rochester, and Monday I fly out to Chicago, then get bussed to Navy RTC. I'm so excited to get this process started, but mostly excited to get it over with! The last couple weeks have been quite an emotional whirlwind, it seems like there are too many goodbyes, and I haven't even made the most important (and hardest) one, saying goodbye to Ben. I almost feel like I don't have enough left to get through that! There is a quote that I saw on facebook about a week ago from an Eastman friend:
"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." -Carol Sobieski
This is exactly how I am feeling. Family, friends, colleagues, students. They were all so hard to say goodbye to! I was a sobbing mess on my last day of work. I didn't realize how much those people truly meant to me!
The last time I took on a crazy challenge like this was when I moved to Rochester to come to Eastman. The only difference then is that I had Ben with me every step of the way. This time, I'm truly on my own. That's what I'm anxious about! Not boot camp itself, but being able to do it on my own two feet without a shoulder to cry on when things get super hard.
I'm sure I'll blink and the next thing I know it will be 8 weeks from now and I will be writing a blog about my experiences. Everyone says it goes by fast, and I'll be especially busy because I'm going to be in the "900" division, which is the performing division…so I'll get to play my instrument (well not mine, but whatever hunk o' junk they give me to play LOL) and play for graduations and other ceremonies.
So that's it! I'm giving Ben full access to my blog and my twitter account in hopes that he will update it once in awhile while I'm away. I'm deactivating my facebook for now, but keep checking back here and on twitter. Oh and please don't email me! I'm anticipating a large amount of emails when I get back and I'm just going to delete all of them, because there is no way that I'm going to sort through all of that madness. So if you need something, email me in August!
I hope to come out of this experience and better and more awesome me. And I think know I will.
Catch you on the flipside!