Over the past couple of years, I have noticed a major difference between where I live and other places. I like to call this area “The Disney Bubble”. Living just a couple miles from Disney World has a major impact on the overall way of life here. I tend to be reminded of this frequently.
If you can’t be happy at Disney World (or even close to Disney World), then I don’t know how you can be happy anywhere. Disney is all about happiness and escaping reality. It’s about being immersed in a fantasy world where you can forget about your problems for a while.
Living so close to Disney, the influence of Disney spreads to the people who live around here, the other businesses in the area, and just the attitude here. People here seem to be friendly, polite, and helpful in most cases. Customer service most places tends to be excellent, because there is so much competition between businesses. If customers aren’t happy with their experience or the way they’re treated somewhere, they will go somewhere else, and they know they can find better here. Overall, I feel like this area is just different from anywhere else I’ve ever been. Life is good here. I’ll be honest, I feel pretty spoiled to have experienced life the way I have for nearly 2 1/2 years.
Last night was a great reminder for me of just how lucky I am to live the life that I get to live. I had a pretty crappy day yesterday. My car wouldn’t start, and my refrigerator suddenly stopped working. The fridge won’t be fixed for a few more days, so I tried to get my car started. I know almost nothing about cars, so I tried to rely on people to give me ideas over the phone and try to figure out what they were telling me to do and how to do it. One of my neighbors that I had never met saw the hood of my car open, and offered to try to help me. Turns out he has experience working on racecars, so it was great to have someone who actually knew what they were doing take a look at the car. Once we got it started, I drove to Wal-Mart to buy a jump starter that I can use until after New Year’s when I can have somebody replace the battery. It had been a busy, stressful, less than ideal day, but when I got home from Wal-Mart, I got to sit in the parking lot outside of my building and watch Magic Kingdom’s “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks show. “Fantasy in the Sky” is the New Year’s Eve fireworks show, but Disney has two show times per night both December 30th and 31st.
After such a crappy day where it seemed like everything that could possibly go wrong was going wrong, I got to end my night with a huge smile on my face watching quite possibly the most amazing fireworks show I’ve ever seen. Other places, I may have just gone to bed still stressed out from the events of the day. Instead, I got to be distracted for a few minutes and was reminded that anything that doesn’t go as planned is just a minor setback. I’ve lost count of the number of times that Disney has managed to completely change my mood/attitude and bring happiness to my life. Watching the fireworks last night was no different.
Tonight, I’ll be keeping a tradition alive for the 3rd New Year’s Eve in a row. I still haven’t found that special someone to share my life with, so there will be no midnight kiss for me to look forward to as I ring in the new year, but I will be sitting outside watching the fireworks again when the clock hits midnight. I will pour a glass of champagne, then head outside to watch the fireworks, and then come back inside to enjoy my champagne and begin to look ahead to the great potential that the new year brings with it.
Happy New Year to all of you, wherever you may be!! I hope your New Year’s Eve is a fun and safe one! I wish you all a fantastic 2018 filled with love, happiness, positivity, good health, success, and continued growth. Cheers, everybody! 😀