I have had a wild summer thus far and it is only going to get more wild, I’m sure.
These are the events that have lead me to where I am currently, and I would not change them.
For reference, after about 3 weeks of working in Yellowstone National Park, my friend Grant and I decided to move down to Jackson, Wyoming.
When I first got down to Jackson, I had no idea what was in store for me. I could not have imagined the kindness and opportunity that I have encountered here.
When grant and I left Yellowstone National Park on the impromptu part 2 of our journey of a lifetime, I was a bit uneasy. I knew that we would figure it out and that we were going to be fine in the end, but I was nervous about what would happen between those two points in time.
We got into the city and had a great time the first night, experienced the town, and slept in the car. The next week just got us both more and more stressed out. We couldn’t find jobs, we couldn’t find a place to stay, and we were beginning to lose hope of this whole thing working out.
We had been here about 8 days and grant’s girlfriend had flown out and we were all trying to figure out what to do.
That afternoon I dressed up and made a whirlwind round of applying to businesses. I had already applied to quite a few, so I stopped in at all of them to just say, “hey, I still want to work here” and I applied to about 10 more that day, and, as I was walking out of an interview that I got immediately after walking into an outdoor retail store and meeting the manager and telling him that I wanted to work there, I got a call from the owner of Lotus Organic Restaurant. I had applied there and talked to the owner, Amy, a couple times already, and she called me as I was walking out of the interview at the retail store. She said, “are you available to train right now?” and I was like, “well, yeah, let’s do it”
That phone call turned out to be the best part of my summer, without a doubt.
I was so relieved that I finally had a job. I hadn’t worked in about 9 days, and it was eating at me. So, being in a restaurant again was just so comforting.
So, 2 days after I got hired at lotus, grant took his girlfriend back to the airport in Colorado, I couldn’t go because I had work. So I took a few things out of our house AKA his car, and they went on their way. He was going to come back the next night.
That night I tried to text a friend that I had met to stay at her place, but she never answered, so I ended up trying to sleep outside for a couple hours, which turned out to really suck because it was about 20 degrees and I didn’t have a sleeping bag lol. So I slept in a hotel hallway and woke up before anyone found me. I was totally fine with that because I knew Grant was coming home the next night and I would have a soft warm car to sleep in.
Grant called me that day and told me that he was wasn’t coming back. Long story short, he ended up going back home and it was for the best. But, I was scared because I was now permanently homeless until I figured something out.
This is not a “feel sorry for me” story by the way, I am just going over everything that happened to illustrate my point better.
So, here’s the whole reason I’m writing this post. I did my absolute best to work hard, pursue my goals and be the kindest person that I could be, and it seemed to have not gotten me far, and even when I saw a glimmer of hope in getting hired, I was shut down by a turn of events over which I had no control.
The next day at work I was talking to some of my coworkers, of whom I knew none well at all, and it somehow got brought up that it was really cold the last night and I said, “yeah especially outside”. My, now very close, friend Kayte asked me what I meant and I, sort of ashamedly, admitted that I had slept outside the night before. She immediately asked if I needed somewhere to stay. I said yes.
She then offered me to live in her printing studio, free of charge, for the rest of my time in Jackson.
I humbly accepted her gift.
The deal is that you cannot control some parts about the world. You may come into circumstances that suck. It is probably going to happen more than you are prepared for. The only thing that kept me going was knowing that I would inevitably figure it out by being kind, giving, and open about myself and my situation. I was kind to a hundred people in Jackson before even one of them was kind to me. I was open and giving to everyone that I met before anyone showed me who they truly were, or gave me anything.
But I finally found the person to help me through one of the hardest parts of my journey here.
Just be kind. And DO NOT STOP. You never know what victories lie right around the corner.
And as Tomas Alva Edison once said, “The only way to guarantee success is to always try JUST ONE MORE TIME!”