I'd be lying if I said that I didn't feel a bit crummy about knocking out my opposition, who would have wanted the role just as much as I did, but at the end of the day I cannot deny that it felt pretty damn fine to be victorious in my pursuits.
Yes, it is official, I am going to a new school next year to try my hand at something completely different. My new position will see me working primarily with a blind child who is beginning his school journey in Foundation in 2018, which means that I will be required to learn Braille and take on an entirely new skill set. This challenge is extremely exciting to me and I am really looking forward to meeting my new little friend and gaining a better understanding of his needs.
As a learning support officer, you really do gain a great deal of knowledge from each child that you work with and this child will certainly not be an exception to that rule, in fact I envision that this experience will be both challenging and deeply satisfying, which is exactly what I look for in my employment.
The truly bitter-sweet thing about this new job is that I must now leave my current place of employment, a place that has helped me to grow and that has nurtured me for almost nine years. In doing so, I also leave behind some amazing friendships and relationships that I have cultivated there as well, and that is going to be the hardest part of saying goodbye at the end of the year.
Most people walk out the door when they quit a job thinking 'good riddance' but I will not be feeling that way at all. You see, I still really like my job and I love that I know everyone that I work with so well and I feel like I belong to a kind of weird and wonderful family when I am at work. Letting go of all of that will not be easy to do, but I am sure that the really meaningful relationships that I have created will continue to flourish even after I go, so there is some solace in that.
Still, going to a brand new place filled with brand new faces and doing a job that is totally foreign to me, although invigoratingly new, is equally terrifying. I would be lying if I said that there wasn't some trepidation and apprehension tied to this most poignantly bitter-sweet moment right now; but that is the way that change always feels, and busting out of old routines and comfortable predictability takes guts. Right now, this change has come at the right time for me, because it really is a good time to change and try something fresh and new. And even though half of me is holding on tight to what I have, the other half has already started to let go and to reach out for something new.
You have to listen to those little voices inside of you that tell you that it time to give something else a shot or to let go of old mindsets, because that is when the real growth occurs. Someone famous once said that we would never reach new lands if we were always too afraid to leave the shore. Well, not me, I am leaving the safety of the shore and I can see new land across the sea; I am going on an adventure!
1. THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL
2. DEAD MAN'S CHEST
3. AT WORLD'S END
4. ON STRANGER TIDES
5. DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES
Release Dates: 2003, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2017
Running Time: 755 mins total
The Pirates of the Caribbean Series saw women all over the world suddenly finding scuzzy pirates very attractive and Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney rubbing their greedy hands together. There appeared to be no end in sight for this incredibly popular and highly entertaining swashbuckler series based around the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow, however with the final instalment nose diving at the box office and generating the most abysmal reviews, I think that it would be fair to say that we have finally reached the end.
Each installment has it own set of problems and a villain for you to boo and hiss at, and although they do link up very well, they are all stand alone tales as well. In Curse of the Black Pearl we are introduced to Capt. Jack (Johnny Depp), Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightly), and Capt. Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) who takes up the role of meany and tyrant. These characters consistently turn up throughout the series, but the main focus is firmly fixed on the charismatic and mostly haphazard character of Capt. Jack Sparrow.
Dead Man's Chest takes us aboard The Flying Dutchman where we encounter the octopus headed Davy Jones. At World's End sees Sparrow fighting against the East India Trading Co. and summoning an ancient goddess, On Stranger Tides tackles The Fountain of Youth and Blackbeard and in the grand finale Dead Men Tell No Tales we meet the evil Capt Salazar and hunt for the legendary Trident of Poseidon.
Think Indiana Jones on the high seas and you'll be in the right ball park. These movies are great fun, lots of supernatural goings on, lots of colourful and crazy characters being delivered by quality actors, and most importantly, a good speckling of dry wit to sweeten the deal. I cannot deny, although they are rife with inconsistencies, that I have really enjoyed the entire series and have found all of the high jinx antics very entertaining, this series is just plain good fun.
FINAL SAY: Swashbuckling adventures!
3.5 Chili Peppers