I told this to a close friend of mine: "I am so happy saying goodbye to you is so hard. Kind of sounds like a weird thing to say, but after thinking a lot about all of the goodbyes I have said this past month, I am thankful that it gave me a little bit of heartache."
While leaving to study abroad, I had to say so many goodbyes and I truly am not the best at saying goodbye, either.
Saying goodbye is usually not forever statement, but it can still be sad and painful. That is when I discovered how happy I was to feel that way.
I am beyond thankful that saying goodbye sucks.
My family is incredible
They truly don't know how much their love and support means to me. This past break I have been blessed to spend so much quality time at home relaxing and preparing for a new adventure. Saying goodbye to my family was extremely tough, but I know that they are so happy I am going after a dream. Sometimes, times in life like this grow each other closer, and over this past break, I can say that it brought my family and me together more than I could have ever expected.
I enjoy my home
I love my home and I love my school. Leaving school was more difficult than I expected, especially knowing that I will be there next semester back in the same routine. But, saying goodbye to close friends and the environment I was in and truly enjoyed was hard. Over break, I also loved coming home and relaxing to the max. I realized how much I will miss a cozy fireplace and a cute puppy.
I have true friends
How can I leave all of these amazing friends? From school or home, these people in my life are more amazing than I ever expected. Saying goodbye was so hard, knowing I won't have the familiarity of my best friend by my side — but that's how I know what an amazing friend she is and what an amazing group of friends I have.
I appreciate where I come from
I am BEYOND excited to be studying abroad and I think a lot of that comes from how much I appreciate where I come from. With that appreciation, I will be able to really indulge in other cultures and see them for how they are.