“Being in love is a very strange thing. Your thoughts constantly drift towards this other person, no matter what you’re doing. You could be reaching for a glass in the cupboard or brushing your teeth or listening to someone tell a story, and your mind will just start drifting towards their face, their hair, the way they smell, wondering what they’ll wear, and what they’ll say the next time they see you. And on top of the constant dream state you’re in, your stomach feels like it’s connected to a bungee chord, and it bounces and bounces around for hours until it finally lodges itself next to your heart,”—Pittacus Lore (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
General “THESE ARE JUST MY VIEWS AND DON’T REFLECT THE VIEWS OF ANYONE BUT ME” thing.
I feel like people knew better and had a much less entitled nature when I was a kid and went to Disney World.
We did not argue about why we could not take flash pictures. We didn’t climb over things to get to places that we weren’t suppose to be because we knew we shouldn’t be there for a reason. We didn’t demand things when rides broke down because we understood that stuff happens. We didn’t think we knew more than the Cast Members directing us.
We understood that as GUESTS we had a certain obligation to treat the place like we would someone else’s home: with respect.
Now there is this idea where Guest think they are entitled to any and everything. They don’t understand why they can’t use their Fastpasses an hour late. There are tenfold more wheelchairs and SUVs because people think it will get them special treatment. People complain about everything from waiting in line to asking them to follow simple rules.
Maybe I was just a bit more idealistic when I was younger and maybe I’m too close to the situation now but it seems like there is a great deal more entitlement in culture now. Or maybe I’m just frustrated with the amount of times I say, “NO FLASH PICTURES” during a shift at Pirates of the Carribbean.
I think it has to do with the NOW aspect of the world today. If you want a album but you don’t have money for it, it’s easy to get it NOW illegally and download it. We have most every tv show/movie we could ever dream of that we can watch NOW from any device. We have cell phones that can give us any bit of information that has ever been discovered NOW so we don’t have to really research for answers. And I’m not saying advancements in technology aren’t amazing and that I don’t love them but they have created a sort of complex in people. So when people come to Disney World they somehow expect to have everything they want NOW. They don’t want to wait in line, they want to get on NOW. They want to go on a ride that has broken down NOW and refuse to understand that it is experiencing a downtime. They want everything NOW, NOW, NOW. I understood as a kid that going to Disney meant waiting in lines for the things I wanted to do. I understood that sometimes we out of everyone’s control. Hell, there weren’t even Fastpasses for most of my early trips because if you wanted to ride something bad enough YOU WAITED FOR IT.
On another note: A guest got off my Jungle Cruise and told me that I was their favorite Skipper and I was really shocked because she was looking at her phone the entire time. It really got me thinking.
There is also this whole idea that everything has to be shown and documented to everyone else in order for it to be a valid experience. And I’ve fallen victim to this. We can’t enjoy things anyone because we have to show others how much we are enjoying it. We have to Instagram ourselves everywhere. We have to tweet about all the amazing things we’re doing. We have to make sure everyone on Facebook knows the awesome things that we’re doing and they’re not. It’s a form of mass social narcissism. We can’t fully emerge ourselves in enjoying something because we have to make sure the whole world knows how much we’re enjoying it. We cannot fully see experiences because we are looking at them through an Instagram filter. We miss half of the greatness of things because we are looking at a screen typing about how great they are. Maybe things like PUSH, the World Showcase entertainment, and other details are being taken away or neglected because Disney knows people aren’t even seeing them anyone because they’re too busy picking an Instagram filter for the selfie they just took of themselves.
I wish I could tell guest to put away their phones and take time to really see the park without telling everyone they know about how they are seeing the park. I wish I could tell them to enjoy the time waiting in line by using it to play games with or just have a discussion with your friends and family. I wish they could understand that we don’t enforce the rules to victimize them or to make their day harder but because the rules are in place for a reason. Because that seemed to be the Disney World I experienced as a child. And I liked it a lot better.
do you remember the first time you were called annoying?
how your breath stopped short in your chest
the way the light drained from your eyes, though you knew your cheeks were ablaze
the way your throat tightened as you tried to form an argument that got lost on your tongue.
your eyes never left the floor that day.
you were 13.
you’re 20 now, and i still see the light fade from your eyes when you talk about your interests for “too long,”
apologies littering every other sentence,
words trailing off a cliff you haven’t jumped from in 7 years.
i could listen to you forever, though i know speaking for more than 3 uninterrupted minutes makes you anxious.
all i want you to know is that you deserve to be heard
for 3 minutes
for 10 minutes
for 2 hours
there will be people who cannot handle your grace, your beauty, your wisdom, your heart;
mostly because they can’t handle their own.
but you will never be
and have never been
”—"this started as something completely different, but everything comes back to you, doesn’t it?" - tyler ford (via tylerthelatteboy)
Columbia in Chicago was my dream school back in the day! Congratulations!! What an awesome experience this will be for you. Way to go :)
Thanks Natalie! I’m really excited. I wanted to go to Chapman University when I first graduated (that was my dream school) but it was going to be just 200,000 in tuition ALONE so nope! haha! :) They offered a scholarship but oh well.