A couple of weeks ago my friend Josh and I were having lunch together.We were talking about a number of different subjects when Josh asked me a question that has stuck with me since our conversation.
He asked what one of my defining moments was.
At first I was a little confused by the question, then he explained a little more.He asked if I could remember a moment where I had two choices or maybe two instances where I was late and missed something, basically a moment that if I had chosen the opposite option my life would have gone a different way.
Then he gave me a movie as an example.The movie stars Gwyneth Paltrow and is called Sliding Doors.In the movie she plays a woman who is running to catch a train. It then goes on to show how her life would have turned out if she had caught the train and how it would have turned out if she had missed the train.
That train was her defining moment.
So, what was my defining moment?Or at least, my defining moment as of right now. Because who knows, I may have another defining moment at another point in my life.
My defining moment was in the Spring of 2009. I had to decide if I wanted to go back to Disney for the summer and work the Summer Alumni program or if I wanted to go back to the summer camp I had worked at the previous summer in Pennsylvania, Lake Greeley Camp.
Now clearly, my ultimate choice was to go back to Disney. I wanted to see my best friend again, I wanted to live in Florida again, and I wanted to work for Disney again.
But what if I had decided to go back to camp? I had an amazing time at camp in the summer of 2008. I met some amazing people that I’m still in contact with today. And it was where I decided I wanted to teach high school rather than elementary school.
These are the girls from my cabin. We were the Sparrows. They were crazy, fun, exhausting, sweet, and I’m proud to say I learned a lot from these girls.
I think it’s safe to say if I had decided to go back to camp I never would have applied for a Professional Internship and I never would have moved back to Florida. I would probably be teaching high school some where in Texas, I would be living in Texas, and maybe I’d even be married with a baby on the way by now. Who knows, because I didn’t go back to camp. I chose Disney instead.
One thing is for sure. I wouldn’t have the 5 fabulous friends who were my roommates that summer.
And I honestly cannot imagine my life without them.
But since that conversation I have been wondering what my life would look like if I had made the opposite decision. I’m not saying I regret my decision at all. I’m happy with my life. Very happy actually.
But it would be interesting to see how it would have played out, had my defining moment gone the other way.
So, now I have to ask.
What was your defining moment?