This week was my last with the American Red Cross. It was really bittersweet. I’ve learned so much, grown as a person and professionally, and had a lot of changes in my life during my almost two and a half years there. I have honestly really enjoyed my job there, 60+ hour workweeks, 3 hour one-way drives to get to a site, last-minute schedule changes and all. I learned more about blood and blood collections, managing people and crises, and really about myself, than I ever thought possible. My confidence has grown – a lot. My tolerance for bs has been greatly reduced. 😛
I’ve worked with some amazing people, people that I’m going to miss with all my heart. I’m going to miss the amazing donors who give their time, their energy, and of course literally their blood. Overall it’s been a great experience, minus all political maneuvering and drama that goes on in the office/regulation crap. I feel like I made a difference in people’s lives, however small. I’m kind of sad to leave that behind, even though I’m excited about what I’m going to be doing.
Goodbye to all the friends I made there, it’s been great!
I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
Oh boy…I just signed the next 4 years of my life away, starting in 3 weeks. I’m crazy excited, but my stomach keeps tying itself in knots when I think about trying to put everything on hold…or leaving someone else in charge of my personal affairs, or leaving things on auto. Um. No??? But yes. Such an insane mix of feelings, it’s so weird. I really don’t want to say goodbye to my friends, my coworkers, my family…and yet at the same time I do. The sooner I get started, the sooner Basic is over and the sooner I’ll be back in touch. Long distance isn’t anything new to me…not having ANY communication – no phone, no text, no e-mail, no Facebook – is. I can receive and send letters and hopefully get a few phone calls, but that’s it. Apparently we can take our cell phones, but only get to use them at the drill sergeant’s discretion. Not quite sure what I think of that, but ok.
My last day at the Red Cross is January 7. Then I have to get packed/finished/settled/legal, to ship out on January 20.