Well, we did it. Seven months have come and gone, and our time at Sunshine has come to an end. How wonderful. How sad.
I’m excited to get back on the road. When I left Toronto last summer, I had no idea I’d end up doing a ski season in Banff. Sunshine kind of just…happened. I’m pretty pumped to finally “finish” my road trip and actually hit the west coast. Unlike when I left TO and even NL, I have no route or accommodations or even stops planned, aside from knowing I’ll end up in Victoria at some point this summer. I’ve been dying to see that “Mile 0” sign for what feels like ages. 7 months draaaaaagged on. And it flew by.
When I got here, I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know I would make friendships that would last a lifetime. I didn’t know how much my patience, tenacity, and mental grit would be tested. I didn’t know I would learn so much about myself, who I am, and what I want from life. I had no idea I was going to grow and change, that I would experience so much love, or that I would finally learn what it feels like to forgive. Stepping into the unknown has proven to be the best thing I have ever done. Ever. I’m sad to see the inevitable end to this chapter in my life has finally come. And I couldn’t be more ready for it.
Goodbye Sunshine Village. I love you, but we must part ways. At least for now.
I won’t miss sharing a bathroom with everyone on my floor. I won’t miss not being able to get food after 8 pm, or not getting a choice as to what I can eat. I won’t miss the 10 minute hike to do my laundry, and I certainly won’t miss being treated like I’m not an adult. Good riddance to that shit.
But still. I love you for a reason.
I’ll miss living 5 minutes away from work. I’ll miss the breathtaking views that I’m still not quite used to. I’ll miss the sunsets, the mountain air, the boarding, the snow. And I’ll miss the people. Most of all, above everything, I will miss the people.
How do you say goodbye to people who have become a part of you? Living together in isolation changed us all and we changed together. We laughed. We cried. We had blurry, wonderful nights we can’t really remember. We lived through some moments we’d rather soon forget. But through it all, we had each others backs, and it meant the world knowing we were in the same boat, together. Now we’re all off to have new adventures, to experience different parts of the world, and to make our marks elsewhere. How wonderful. How sad.
Seven months have come and gone, and our time at Sunshine has come to an end. It’s time for something new. What a fortunate bunch of people we have been, to have had this opportunity. To live and work and play in The Rockies. My hopes for my fellow Sunshiners is that we all choose the roads less traveled. That we strive for excellence in everything we do, and never settle for mediocrity. That when faced with hard decisions, we listen to our guts and throw caution to the wind. That we give “should” and “supposed to” the proverbial middle finger and live the lives we want, not what anyone else wants for us. Most of all, in my heart of hearts, I really hope we meet again. All of you have had an impact on me, whether or not I’ve told you. So thank you, for everything. You’ve made the last 7 months of my life something I’ll never forget.