Friends, Memories, Quitting Job, WalMart, Work

Life and Choices: Its Just a Ride

A lot has happened in the last 7 years. I met the man that I was going to marry. Somehow, I knew I’d marry him when I met him. I made that decision to move in with him in September of 2005 thus ending my 6 years at Kroger. When I first moved here, I started working at Rite Aid and started setting up my homestead here in Franklin. After a few months, I decided to venture into a store we all know in search for full time employment. Some hate it, some of us love it but its still a place we all go to regardless of how we feel about it either for shopping or employment opportunities.

I began working as a Walmart overnight grocery stocker. Basically, I made sure that whatever aisle was assigned to me was taken care of and I did that night after night. Throughout the years I moved from that job to dairy, then to Customer Service Manager, and finally Overnight Support Manager. I also made a lot of people I can never forget there, nor would I want to.

In mere days, if not instantly, I met my best friend Otey. He has always had my back and its really good to have someone like that to count on. I’ve met Rick, who passed away last year, and he was always such an intriguing man to work with. So many fond memories of him and I miss him but he’s always in my heart. I love the way he could just make one of his trademark looks of mischief and you knew hilarity would ensue. I could seriously make out a little biography of everyone I met but I digress. Each associate and manager I worked with, I took a piece of them with me in my heart last night when I signed the paper and am officially no longer employed there. I will very much miss them because they are wonderful people. However, sometimes you have to make a change when you’re not happy with the way things are.

Sometimes in this life you have to make a choice if you want to better yourself. Its time for me to move on from the retail world after being involved in it for 13 years now. I know that there’s something out there for me because we all completely have a purpose in this world. I have nearly completed this long journey and am about to graduate this year with an Associate’s degree. I don’t intend on stopping there as I do want to attain my Bachelor’s degree as well.

I guess the point of this blog is that if you don’t like where you are or what you’re doing, you do have a choice. The amount of time spent on this planet is really quite fleeting. You have to take control and take a step back sometimes. I want and desire to seize the moment because, sadly, there are only so moments we have here.

With the new job and the way my husband has taught me to manage my finances, I plan on being out of debt within two years. I plan on continuing and finishing this novel I am working on (its going to be quite good). I have many plans for my future and, being that I am not all knowing, can’t tell you if those plans will fail or succeed. I can tell you that I will try my best and keep moving forward.

I left my job last night but I took along with me so many lessons, teachings, and brilliant memories. I will never forget any one there I have worked with because now they are a part of me. I spent about 7 years of my life there, so it’d be impossible to forget them. Now, its time for some new memories and a new path to take. If its dark at the end of the tunnel, I’ll handle it and keep my head up. If it is a light, I’ll just keep moving forward. Either way, its just a ride. We can change at anytime, its all just a choice.

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