As the deckhand, I had to make sure that everything was ship shape (yup, we say things like that) and I had to take care of the guests. Much of the time, I was basically doing extreme customer service. I say extreme because, when you're never farther than 90 feet away from your customers all day every day, it can get pretty intense. I have to say, after this season, I feel a little bit customer serviced out. It'll be nice to have a break. This griping is not to say that we didn't have some awesome guests. Actually, most of them were awesome and I'm even still in contact with some. The types of trips that Wanderbird does tend to attract a certain kind of person, with a few exceptions. We called them "turkeys" in order to avoid calling them anything worse (some of them were pretty horrid).
That's enough about the guests. Although they were a big part of my time on Wanderbird, the most meaningful parts were the things that went on in my own mind. Throwing yourself headfirst into something completely new (oh yeah- did I mention that as of last April I had had exactly zero experience working on boats?) can fuel some major change and self-discovery. The hard part is articulating what that self-discovery involved. I've definitely become more mature, and I've developed a greater sense of excitement for life and for others' lives as well. There are a lot of other little things about myself that have changed, but I can't quite put a finger on exactly what they are. I just know that I feel different. I see the world differently and I see people differently. I think I just might be one step closer to really 'getting it.' You know, understanding a bit more about how things are supposed to work.
|Land of the Midnight Sun|
So now the next step is to figure out where I can feed these new passions, where I can be happy. It's an exciting prospect not to know what's coming next (7 months ago I never would have said that), but I'm also really excited to figure that out. Right now, I'm looking for schools that not only have programs that I'm looking for, but also will enrich my life in more ways than just academically. But on the other hand, who knows? Maybe I'll find some other wonderful opportunity and the world will call me elsewhere in my next chapter.