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.


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.


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.