As we shared our final hugs last night and as I personally fought back tears, my friends kept on saying "It's not goodbye guys, just see you later!" And I know that's not new and it's super cliche, but sometimes you have to tell yourself that over and over until you believe it. It just gives you something to look forward to while you are away. Truthfully, as much as I dread saying goodbye, I realize how fortunate I am to have people in my life that making saying goodbye so difficult. That is something to be really grateful for if you ask me, if you have found people in your life that you don't want to leave then you're doing it right.
Goodbyes are necessary in order for you to live your life. You can't just stay in the same place forever, that would be a pretty mundane existence. It is still surreal to me that I will not be walking into the doors of Falmouth High School this September, and that I won't be sprinting for field hockey double sessions, these are things I'm saying goodbye to. Goodbye to the practices and games, to the laugh filled lunches and library study sessions, to the teachers and friends who impacted my life so much. But I am also saying hello to over 7,000 new people, a new school, a new city, and a million opportunities. For me right now, even though leaving will be hard, I know I have SO much to look forward to in this next chapter. Look for the "good" in goodbye, like all of the amazing people and experiences that are going to come, and that you'll be home and reunited with your friends soon enough. Nothing is permanent, and goodbyes are not forever.
Sometimes though it is still hard, goodbyes are still painful even though you know there is something to look forward to on the other side. But what I've learned from past goodbyes, is that there will always be another hello, so don't fret so much. So as I begin my goodbyes I am trying not to get down about it, and instead just be grateful I have people worth missing, and remember that a whole new journey is about to begin. As hard as it may seem, there is always some good in goodbye.
Do you have a tough time with goodbyes?