Your journey has molded you for your greater good. And it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think that you’ve lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.
I was going to hold off on writing this update because I wanted to be able to include my adventures with Rafael Nadal, however, fate was not on my side for this one and unfortunately, he was knocked out of Wimbledon last night in the second round by a man no one has heard of. I don’t want to talk about it.
What I WILL talk about though, is the first week of Wimbledon. I thought the title for this entry was pretty fitting, seeing as how the Wimbledon experience I was expecting is not the Wimbledon experience I am getting, but it is the one I was meant to have. As you know, I was hired to run lifts in various areas of the grounds. I was assigned to the debentures area, which would have meant 16-hour days surrounded by only the wealthiest and most important guests imaginable. However, that all changed when my supervisor got word from the University of Westminster saying that because I am working on my dissertation, I am still a full-time student and unable to work more than 20 hours a week as per my student visa. Unfortunately, it is impossible to rotate 20 hours per week into a job where I was meant to work 16 of those house in one day. So, this meant that my boss needed to find a new position for me. Turns out, the only position that could easily accommodate 20 hours a week was signing employees in and out. As a volunteer.
Gone were my days of being surrounded by VIP guests. Gone were my chances of networking my way to the top. And gone was the $3,000 dollars I was expecting to have made by the end of the 2 weeks. However, never one to give up an experience, I took the job. And how thankful I am to have made that decision. Although I am not getting paid, I finish work by 10:15am and am then free to use my badge as a ticket for the matches. The public is not allowed into the grounds until 10:30am. So I am able to choose which match I’d like to see, grab a seat and wait for the massive crowd to be set loose.
I applied for a job at Wimbledon because I wanted the experience to be a part of the most prestigious (and arguably most well-known) sporting event ever. While my comrades are stuck in a 4 x 4 space for 16 hours a day, I am out getting a tan and sitting courtside at some of the most exciting matches Wimbledon has ever seen. I’ve even sweet talked my way into Centre Court (strictly a ticketed area) so that I could see Roger Federer play on grass. My plan was to do the same for Rafael Nadal tomorrow, but unfortunately that is the one thing that has not worked according to plan.
We’re halfway through the event and it has been an experience. I’ve yet to try the famous strawberries and cream, but it is on my list of things to do for the second week of Champs.
Obviously none of my adventures would be complete without seeing my future in-laws. Prince Charles and Camilla were kind enough to visit me at work on Wednesday.
In other news, today I will say good-bye to Tom. Tomorrow afternoon he heads back to the States to begin a new adventure- the real world. One that I am able to put off for another 2 months. I will not tell you how much having him here has meant to me, as that is something shared simply between he and I, and I am sure you can draw your own conclusions. However, it has brought light to the fact that I have 2 months left to make the most of my remaining time on the other side of the Atlantic. But don’t worry- I’ve got plenty planned.