Posted in Cast Member Chronicles, Pondering about PTSD

The PokeStop That Binds

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of negative emotions, for the first time in months, I fell into a depressed funk that has chased away a lot of my work buddies. That sense of lonliness drained my desries to continue to be a vacation planner in the Happiest Place on Earth. I even mentioned to my manager I wanted to find a way out somehow, but with nowhere in my field to turn to, I was told to make the most of it. Even though to me, the magic was gone.

That is, until Pokemon Go came around. 

The first day of its release had the breakroom in a tizzy. Cast members from different departments near my area were talking about what they caught and offered tips to one another on how to play the game. 

Over the last few days, the friends who stopped talking to me and a few of the parking guys I only saw in passing became my break buddies. All because of a PokeStop, in all places, the building that houses Ellen’s Energy Adventure.

Whenever we stumble across each other on our down time, the words “Wanna go for a PokeStop run?”seem to chase the negativity I have felt the last few days away. When Im sad, our small group encourages me to go out and play. Despite the walk to the Ellen ride being only a 5 minute hike past our backstage bus stop, that small hike makes all the difference. Although the view for the stop is just a back exit door with some dumpsters nearby, it has become a source of peace and contentment amung friends and strangers alike. 

We managed to all join the same team (Go Mystic) and have cheered each other on when we manage to take over our closest gym near the Epcot Dedication plaque. Needless to say, the game has brought me out of my shell and back into being a bit more social. Although it isn’t a cure all for the pain I have felt the last few weeks nor has it healed all the friendships lost, it certainly has helped me take that 5 minutes and collect myself before I leave for my next ticket booth and have that bit of positivity I need to succeed. 

Amazing how something so silly as a game can bring a whole group of cast members together. 

This couldn’t of come at a better time. 

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