See you again

Goodbyes have been an all too real part of my life this summer, both in theory and in practice. In the past, I have been one to pretend like the last time I see someone isn't the last time at all, but just another casual hang out, I just wanted to avoid feeling the pain.

I quit doing that this summer.

Obviously you optimists will say the end of one thing is always the start of something new. True, but I used to think they had the names backwards. I thought, why in the world do we call it a {Good}bye followed by a {hell}o? Isn't it the other way around? Shouldn't it be a {hell}bye because it hurts like hell to leave followed by a {good}o when you get to the excitement of the new beginning?

So to my baby brother who is soon-to-be in Argentina for two years, to my sister-in-law Kara who is back in her happy place, to my best friend who has escaped our college stomping grounds to Seattle for good, to my home town that I'm sure I'll visit again at some yet-to-be-determined time, and to my mom, dad, and sister who will have the hardest time leaving {rumors are true, my parents are moving to Philadelphia late next month}:

I decided to follow the title this time around and make it a {Good}bye. I strolled down memory lane soaking in all the laughs and happiness I could muster. I looked through old pictures and smiled. I made playlists that were the soundtracks of my relationships and made me ache with nostalgia. I'm incredibly thankful it hurts to leave you. What if it didn't? Thank goodness these people and places were so very good to me. Make all your goodbyes hurt like hell, and all your hello's be filled with goodness.


  1. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
    -A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

  2. I love you and all this catching up on your blog did me good. Miss you bestie!!! Hopefully we won't have to depart from one another's lives anytime soon. That I would not accept.


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