Reflection: Spreading the Magic

Growing up, you hear it all the time. Go to school, then college, get a good job that pays well, and you’ll somehow live happily ever after.


    I never minded going to school. I mean would I ever wish to be back in high school? No way. Do I enjoy having hours of homework every night? Definitely not, but then again, no one does. For me, school was a place where I could challenge myself and spend the day surrounded by friends. Sure you’ll deal with your fair share of awful teachers and mean girls, but at the end of the day, there was always some sense of accomplishment whether you aced a test or answered a question correctly in class.


    Now that I’m in college, I still don’t really mind going to school. As much as I hate having to spend my life savings on textbooks each semester or commute through a typical New England snowstorm, I would never take it for granted. I still feel that sense of accomplishment. But this time around, it’s because I’m studying something I actually enjoy. I love all things entertainment, from concerts to amusement parks like Disney, so I’m in my element in classes that cover ticket sales, contracts, etc. 


    Overall, school was never the issue. It’s the part of the equation that I’m okay having to go through day in and day out. My issue always came with the “get a good job that pays well” portion. That’s not to say that I don’t want a good job or the money that comes with it. But for me, a “good job” was always supposed to be something that I was passionate about. Something that I would enjoy waking up every morning for. It wasn’t supposed to be something that I settled on just because the pay was high.


    For as long as I can remember, that job meant Disney. Walt Disney World to be exact. But, go ahead, roll your eyes, everyone else does. Tell me they don’t pay well according to your standards, I’ve heard that too. None of that will change my views. I could also spend the rest of this post going on and on about why the Disney atmosphere is so magical, but I’ve done that once already. But it’s more than that.


    Walt Disney once said “you can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” The cast members are truly who make Disney what it is. They add that extra touch of pixie dust to your trip, all with a smile on their face. Even if they’ve been in the Florida sun with what seems to be no end in sight, they are still willing to go above and beyond to help you have a trip to remember.


    So no matter what you think a “good job” is, that’s the kind of person I want to be. Whether it’s a little girl getting all dolled up in her favorite princess dress or a little boy getting his first pair of Mickey ears, I want to be the one responsible for making a family’s trip extra memorable. Being able to go home each day knowing that I added a little bit of happiness to someone’s day is much better than going to a job that makes me miserable each day. So here’s my advice to you: Find something that you’re passionate about and try to find a way to get paid for it. You’ll be much happier doing something you love than settling for something you hate.

Mika Matias