For the past 45 minutes, I have spent my time in this Jimmy John’s. I looked forward to coming here all morning, and since walking in the door, I’ve enjoyed a smoked ham club, a bag of barbecue chips, and a root beer. But after careful reflection, I’ve made a decision that, quite frankly, I never expected to make. I’ve decided the time has come for me to leave this Jimmy John’s.

You see, when I first came to this Jimmy John’s, I came full of expectation. I knew this place had a certain mystique, a promise: You can come here and get a soup and sandwich combo. You can get a bag of chips. You can get full. Now, nearly one hour later, I feel as though I have accomplished that goal, and no longer feel the need to stay. Plus this Jimmy John’s is a little too chilly.

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Ultimately, I know it’s time to face the fact that I’m a different person since I walked into this Jimmy John’s 45 minutes ago. A person who’s more grown up. A person who’s more complete. I still respect this Jimmy John’s, but I’m not going to let it hold me back. It was fun while it lasted, but there are new things I want to do now, outside this sub shop.

I still respect this Jimmy John’s, but I’m not going to let it hold me back.

Would I ever consider returning to this Jimmy John’s? Yes, I would. Perhaps I would even consider returning here for a breakfast, if that’s something this franchise offers. I think some do, some don’t. But I can’t think about that now. It’s time to think about the exciting next phase of my life.

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Where to next? For now, I’m heading back home to San Francisco, but that could change too. Whatever I do, I know I’m going to be taking the experiences I’ve had in this Jimmy John’s with me. I also know that no matter what comes next, I’m excited for it. And I’m ready for it.

So with that, I say goodbye, Jimmy’s John’s. It’s been real.