When I was about seven-years-old during Christmas time, I had written a letter to Santa Clause asking for whatever seven-year-old Kellie wanted at the time. Santa Clause had responded, of course, and began his letter with a simple phrase: Time flies.
Even though I no longer believe in Santa Clause, I do believe in that single phrase. Time truly does fly, quite unexpectedly and without any warning. Only four years ago at this time, I was beginning my freshman year of high school. I was ridiculously excited, slightly nervous, but mostly more than ready to begin a new chapter in my life.
Four years later, I have graduated high school. I have ended that chapter in my life. I have made wonderful memories throughout my four years, and I have met wonderful people that I will never forget, even if time and distance may separate us.
Now, I begin a new chapter in my life. In two days, I will make the nearly five hour trip up to Boston where I make my new home. I will begin college and begin my life away from my little home in Pennsylvania. I will make new friends, learn about new things, explore a brand new city to a girl who has lived in suburbs her entire life.
I will begin a new chapter.
Similar to four years ago when I began my high school journey, I am incredibly excited to begin my college journey. I’m excited for all of the new adventures that will come, and I’m so excited to meet so many new people.
However, with the beginning of a new chapter comes the ending of an old one. And with all endings comes good-byes.
Never before did I have to say good-bye to anything or anyone. I have gone to school with the same group of people for most of my life. I have lived in the same place my entire life. I have been surrounded with familiarity for eighteen years. But that’s all going to change.
This past Monday, I had to say good-bye to my five best friends. All six of us had breakfast together one last time before we all went our separate ways for the upcoming school year. I am incredibly lucky in that I have had these girls as my best friends for all four years of high school. Never before did I have a high school experience without any of them by my side. Now, we’ll all have lives separate from each other, lives in which we’re all not apart of. I know that they’ll still be there for me, several miles away in our different colleges, but I also know that if I look to my right or left side, none of them will be there.
Good-byes are a strange thing.
I don’t know whether to feel sad or what. Mostly I’m feeling incredibly detached which is not an uncommon feeling for me when I’m slightly overwhelmed.
Anyway, the next order of business is packing.
Packing is another thing I’ve never really done. Sure, I’ve travelled to many places throughout my lifetime, but those were only short vacations. Packing for college is like compressing your life into a bunch of suitcases. Albeit, I’m certainly not packing everything I own but still. I’m packing numerous items to live in a different place.
Everything is happening quite quickly. I feel slightly unprepared, but I suppose that’s life. You can’t be prepared for everything. Sometimes, in my opinion, you just have to see what happens and go with it.
So that’s what I’m going to do.
I’m going to see what happens and go with it.
Fingers crossed that everything goes well.
P.S. My previous video! A little compilation of all the snapchats I took this summer~