Julia Prescott is a writer and comedian in Los Angeles who recently got rejected from a writing job. Unfortunately, that's not all that uncommon in L.A. But that doesn't mean it doesn't sting when it happens, especially when it's a gig you were really hoping to get. When Julia got this particular rejection, she decided to do something wonderful to cheer herself up. She went to Disneyland. Alone. And live-tweeted the whole thing.
Going to Disney alone is a long-standing fantasy of mine. I feel like it's probably one of the best things you can do for yourself. As a writer in L.A myself, I also have personal experience hightailing it to an amusement park after a job rejection. I got laid off from a writing job...on election night...in 2016...and decided the only thing I could do to not spend the whole next day cry-laughing in bed was to head to Universal Studios. So that's what I did, and even though I had a couple people with me, it was still the best day ever. So I'm with Julia. I understand what she was going through. And I'm so here for it.
Julia started her day the right way. She took up that Disney employee who approaches you when you enter the park on their offer to take a picture of your group. Only it wasn't a group. It was just Julia. And it was glorious.
I mean, think about what it's actually like to go to Disneyland by yourself. It's a dream come true. You can skip ahead a bunch in likes for rides by going on the single rider line. You can go wherever you want and ride whatever you want and eat whatever you want without having to accommodate other people. Julia is clearly doing everything right.
OK, so she got another rejection, but you know what? She's already at Disneyland, so it doesn't matter! Honestly, the fact that she's getting multiple rejections just points to the fact that she's great enough to be considered for multiple jobs, so that's already huge! She's killing it!
It's normally not great advice to "smile through the pain," but when it comes to job rejections, it's never personal and it's almost never indicative of your talent or your skills. So I think in this case, it's good that she was able to momentarily forget about her sadness to drop from the sky on the Guardians of the Galaxy ride.
But also, can you get a job as a professional person who poses in amusement park ride pictures? Because I feel like Julia is probably the best I've ever seen. Her poses are iconic. Her facial expressions are always hilariously calm and collected. Also, you always eat a churro. Churros are the answer to everything.
The best thing about California Adventure, the other Disney park across the way from the Magic Kingdom, is that you can drink adult drinks. Whenever you want. You can walk around with them. It's the best. It's perfect. It transforms your Disney experience. Julia, at this point, is living her best life.
See? The perks of being alone at Disneyland so far outweigh the cons, it's ridiculous. Really the only con I can think of is that there's no one there to carry your bag when you want to go on Space Mountain by yourself. Otherwise, it's a dream!
For a bit, Julia posted up in the porch area on Main Street and realized that she was actually having the best day ever. I don't blame her. There's a reason they call Disney the most magical place on Earth. That's because it is.
No one ever talks about how the ducks at Disneyland are everywhere and they're very unafraid of humans. If you sit still enough, you can definitely make friends with one. You know what a duck friend will never bring up? The fact that you didn't get a job you were hoping to get. They don't care! They just want crumbs!
Strangers at Disney are always nice because everyone is in the best mood! If you ask someone to take your picture while you're there by yourself, they 100 percent will happily do so.
Disney has some of the craziest snacks and most elaborate cocktails money can buy. I really hope Julia sprung for the souvenir glass that looks like whatever character her cocktail was themed after. She deserves it.
We should all do what Julia did with an otherwise kinda sucky day. Do something for yourself, get drunk, and have fun. Her joyful solo journey through Disneyland gained a lot of attention on Twitter and inspired many others who've been in similar positions.
Truly, if you can swing it, it's the best thing you can do for yourself. I will never forget that day at Universal after I lost my job and a certain someone was elected. We went on all the rides, spoiled ourselves with all the treats, and laughed constantly at the absurdity of what had just happened!
Julia truly is a hero for our times. As young people, we are well-versed in getting job rejections. Most of us get many more rejections than we do offers, and jobs we do get often don't last as long as we think they will. There's a pervasive myth that millennials are spoiled, but really we're just victims of insane economic instability! We deserve a day of magic every once in a while!
Rejection is always hard, but it doesn't have to be and shouldn't be the thing that brings us down. Let's all take rejection in stride and make sure to do things that bring us joy and make us feel better. Bonus points if you can get to Disneyland for a solo adventure. Clearly, from Julia's thread, it's the way to go!