have you ever had such a amazing offer but had to refuse it?

United States
August 23, 2007 7:15am CST
back when i was like 17 years old,i put a application in for working on a celebrity cruise ship to do hair,after all these years that have passed i never heard a word about it til just yesterday.i received some paper work in the mail and i was so totally surprised especially after many years have come and gone.this is like a amzing oppurtunity to actually work on a cruise ship and travel all around the world to do peoples hair and make up.so i was so curoues about this i called them up and they told me they had a opening now for me to come aboard,so i ask them why after so many years and i finally get information now,and they told me it takes a very long time for a opening and they held onto all the applications and came across mine,which was well qualified and they were very interested.so i was on the phone for like 2 hours and it just killed me because now i have my family and i couldnt leave their side for no price,but i will tell you the money offer was amazing,i couldnt believe what they were gonna pay.if only they would of called me when i was younger.lol.i couldnt imagine making thousands of dollars in just one weeks time and to be able to travel the world,and make people happy,but maybe another great oppurtunity will come my way again soon,where i dont have to turn it down.they say everything happens for a reason,and i so much believe that.only time will tell.so have you ever had this happen to you?
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@rosie_123 (6118)
23 Aug 07
Wow - seems strange that they held onto your details for so long, and only just called you, but I do understand that you can't take them up on it now as you have young children. I guess there is a time for everything, and this is just not your time for that. As for me - well - I've had plenty of opportunitities come my way in my time, and have to say when I was younger I always grabbed the offer with both hands. I have travelled the world, lived in several different countries, worked all over the world, - and I am so glad that I did these things, because now I'm getting older I can look back and feel I have nothing to regret.
• United States
23 Aug 07
i was thinking the same thing,why so long.but thats why i called them,and its a great deal,but not now.i wish they would of done this sooner.its a amazing oppurtunity.but i have lots of patience and my time will come again,and will have the chance to really live it up.i always wanted my own hair salon when i was a very young girl,it took me awhile but i achieved it,had hair salon for 6 years.so i guess only time will tell.it must of been great to travel the world,you must of seen alot of amazing things.that is so awesome.thanks and take care hon.
@kareng (7980)
• United States
23 Aug 07
Oh wow. That is certainly a tough break for you. I have a friend in the restaurant business that is a Food manager for a cruiseline. He loves it and getting to travel all over the world is a great benefit.
• United States
23 Aug 07
yea it would be a beautiful thing to do,but maybe i will have another chance later on in life.thanks so much.
• United States
23 Aug 07
Oh wow that would be difficult to pass up but definitely understandable with a family now and all. I did have an awesome opportunity once, it was for a land deal in another country. It would have been worth about $1 million over 10 yrs. But I turned it down for what, at the time, seemed like a good reason. Looking back now I really should have taken it. I'd be retired by now and living very nicely. Instead I'm in a run down house, in ill health with no health insurance and financially destitute. The good thing is I have a great husband who loves me and I wouldn't trade that for anything. If the same deal came up now, I'd jump on it in a heartbeat and take hubby with me!
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• United States
23 Aug 07
thanks for comment,if i could do that i would,but its just not the right timing,but then again when is the right timing lol.i know theres alot more stored for me and god has it already planned and this was a test for me,but i guess its just time and patience and we shall all succeed at what we do,but its up to us to be persistent and it will come again.thanks for sharing your story,god bless and take care.
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
23 Aug 07
no i cant say that it has, but wow, you may never get the chance again...how long was the cruise or was it a job where you would be travelling all the time? 'sigh' guess things happen for a reason...
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• United States
23 Aug 07
it was a job wher i would be traveling constanly and not able to see my family much.but like you said it was a great offer but it wasnt my time now.things happen for a reason.thanks for commenting.take care
@jbrooks0127 (2326)
• United States
28 Aug 07
Wow! What a great story. And what a disappointment I am sure. But you have to know life takes us where it will and all you have to do is stand back and look at your family and you will see how fortunate you were that it took you that way. No question this would have been a great job to have but your life would have been completely different. Sure you would have made all that money and traveled the world but even that would have become routine and turned into a job. And then what would you have to show for it. Pretty good chance it would have been a lot of money and no family. You got the better deal my dear. Believe me.
• United States
28 Aug 07
yes i did get the better deal.offers will come and go in time,and they can be replaced.but my family and the love they have for me can never be placed for a job.im sure i will get another chance,i have alot of spunk and ambitions,and the right time will come again and it will be better.but i am very touched and greatfil that they accepted me,after all those years.it really touched my heart,it was a thing i will never forget.thanks so much,take care.
@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
27 Aug 07
Wow that is amazing! I did get an offer to work on a ship once but I never applied or wanted it. I am the same as you, I have childern and couldn't be gone away from them that long. First off I would miss them but two I don't have anyone who could watch them that I would trust for that length of time. Considering they must have gotten tons of applications you should feel very proud of your skills that they wanted you to work on the celebrity cruise ship. That is great!
• United States
28 Aug 07
yes i do feel very honored,and very proud of just the thought.i never imagined something like that would happen,so i am very greatful,and there will be other chances,but not now.i have alot of faith and i just have to keep the faith and have patience,and the right time will come again.take care.
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• United States
24 Aug 07
I know what you mean.I did the same thing to try to be an model and they didn't get back to me until about 5 years later after I had joined the military.Not that I still would want to be a model.I was told later that I had to be at least 5 feet 5 inches tall.I'm only 5'3.So I guess it worked out for the best.
• United States
28 Aug 07
we will have other chances im sure.you can always go for the petite modeling,thats what i was gonna do years ago,but i never did.take care.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
29 Aug 07
I have had a very similar thing happen... not as exciting as yours though. Years ago when I was teaching 4th grade, I had no children of my own and my husband was traveling a lot with his job, I interviewed with a company to be a traveling teacher for children in stage or TV productions around the country. It was an opportunity to travel around, spend my days with kids it all sounded wonderful. I got a job offer and while the money was fabulous, it was for a TV show based out of the area I live. It was only occasional travel and was going to be more of a hassel than anything else so I turned it down and kept my classroom position. About a year ago, the company called me back and the offer they made was twice the amount, two of the kids in the show I would be traveling with are already famous, it was mostly US travel but 4 days in London and 3 in Paris were on the schedule. The more they talked, the more my jaw dropped. The job was mine if I wanted it based on a recommendation I had received and they wanted to fly me to NY for 5 days of fun time spent with the children to see how we interacted and allow the families to get to know me. It was exactly what I wanted years ago when I first applied. But now I am a stay at home mom to my own son (almost 3) and I could not even imagine being away from him. I would have been able to arrange for him to travel with me, but I could not do that to our family not for any amount of money. My husband would have been torn apart not having my son here when he gets home from work. I have no regrets. It would have been great at one point in my life, but I am in a different place in my life right now. I think there is a reason why things like this happen to people, to make us appreciate all that we have. Don't you agree?