It’s a strange feeling saying goodbye to friends who, in just a short time, have become your new family. It’s even stranger saying goodbye when you don’t know the next time you’ll see them. Maybe you will, maybe you won’t, but they’ll forever be a part of memories woven together to tell the story of this great adventure.
They will go on with their lives, and so will I. They will have jobs, get married, build families. They will love and lose and move around the world, creating their own tapestry of memories–similar but parallel to my own. We’ll catch up via WhatsApp and the occasional call, hopefully to make plans in order to visit. All the while, laughing and remembering our Barcelona spring together.
Some friendships were strengthened and others completely new, but each one filling me with love and wonder. The most incredible part was feeling a part of a family I never expected to have. January to May seems like not enough time to know someone so well, but it’s what we did. We knew each other inside and out like those few months were a lifetime. A lifetime I now consider “before and after” I met you guys. My life changed, for the better, in every way.
Every single relationship I’ve cultivated here has taught me something new about myself and the world around us. I feel a little more awake in the world we live in and now able to recognize the importance we each have in it. My eyes have been open to endless possibilities of cultures, opinions, values, and inspiration. And for that I am thankful. Thankful that I had this opportunity, not only to live in a new and exciting place, but to cross paths with all of YOU! You made this journey incredible and it will be a part of me forever.
So here’s to all my friends (old and new) who were a part of my adventure. Its not goodbye, but rather, see you later!