Summer vacation has finally come to a close, and the fall semester is in full swing. New semester, new professors, and a lot more new people. At the end of every summer vacation I tend to reflect on the summer and prepare myself of what’s to come in the new school year.
This summer in particular I began to reflect on the friendships I have. There’s one in particular that’s helped me grow, and taught me how to deal with distance. Around this time last year my best friend, who’s like my sister, moved to Washington.
Just last month I made the drive to Washington. Before I went I was a little nervous because I didn’t know what to expect, or what it would be like. Would it be like old times? It had been seven months since we’d seen each other and it was the longest we’d ever been apart. The drive there took about 13 hours or so, and it was a long 13 hours; however, it was relatively nice going from California to Oregon to Washington. On my way to Washington I was lucky enough not to go alone, but with another best friend of mine, and her dad.
Once we made it through the Washington Oregon border, time was counting down, and I was getting anxious. I couldn’t wait. When we finally got off the exit towards my best friend’s house and drove up to her house everything set it in. It felt too good to be true. During my stay there it felt like forever. Granted, it was only two weeks, but it felt like a month. While I was there it really set in that even though you don’t see someone you’re so close with everyday, or every other day, you can still be just as close, maybe even closer. Distance really does make the heart grow fonder, and it’s not one of those growing up and growing apart friendships, but it’s one of those friendships that can be so far away, and yet so close at the same time. I’ve learned to cry less, and less when I say goodbye because goodbyes aren’t forever. Somewhere down the road in life I’m not going to have the ones I love around as much as I do now, and that’s because I’ll be out figuring out how life is on my own, but for now I’ll take it a day at a time. It will be a little unsettling, and scary, but with the hope, and support I have I can get through it. It’s just a small step on on the path to my success.
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