“This is life after happily ever after
And our story has finally reached its end
Settling down here
Year upon year
Contented and secure
With dozens of duties we’ll have to tend”
This specific lyric has become so much more symbolic for me recently. I was lucky enough to be able to live my wildest fantasy, my happily ever after, for 14 months. I’d gotten the dream that I chose – the dream to move to Paris and work as a performer in the Disney parks. It was genuinely the most magical and unreal time of my life! But what happens after your biggest dream comes to an end? Because eventually everything comes to an end. Sooner or later every princess has to hang up her tiara and find her new dream.
I get asked a lot why I decided to end my contract. To be honest, that’s a very difficult question for me to answer. I knew it had to happen someday, but I had been dreading it from the day my trial period ended. I was dreading the idea of handing in my notice, working my last day, doing my last parade, and putting away my costume for the very last time. But even though I found myself in Disney’s big pink bubble, I knew that sooner or later reality would kick in. I knew I had to go home, because I had a life I had to return to. I got the chance to live my dream, which I will be forever grateful for, but at one point I knew it was time to return home.
Now I am back home and I’ve had my ups and downs. There’s moments where I feel very lost, because I went from a highly enjoyable and reliable 40 hours a week job to being unemployed. And life here goes on – everyone goes to work daily and I stay home. Getting job refusals because I lack the required experience gets old real quick. It challenges my self-confidence on a daily basis and that’s tough. But then again, I am a strong believer that everything happens for a reason. I do think there’s an opportunity waiting for me, I just need to find it. I have had the privilage to live my ultimate dream, so finding a new job shouldn’t be impossible. I can do this! Edit: I did find a job a couple of months later. Just a regular office job. I’m officially back in the real world and I like to spend my free hours dreaming of my cast member memories. Pure magic.
Disney magic is real. And post Disney blues is a thing. But that’s life, isn’t it? Saying goodbye, cherishing memories and being grateful for what happened. And who knows what opportunities are waiting for us next? We get to find a new dream. And that’s beautiful.
“And now that we’ve gotten the dream that we chose
Now that we’re in for the haul
Now our adventures have come to a close
Living happily ever after, after all”