“Good bye may seem forever. Farewell is like the end, but in my heart is the memory and there you will always be.”
― Walt Disney Company
The good thing about goodbyes? They make you reflect on moments that have flown by at an astonishing pace, they make you introspect – think of the person you have been and the person you want to be, and most essentially, they make you value true, indestructible friendships.
The bad thing? Well, it is the sheer fact that a journey has come to an end. All that begins has to have a closure, maybe not a definite, concrete closure, but a closure nonetheless. This is life; everything is ephemeral. It seems sometimes that we are living in an illusion, swinging to and fro like little pendulums.
But it’s okay. I believe that this is the very fact that keeps motivating us and bolstering us to go ahead. This is the fact that acts a fuel, pushing us from inside, to test our boundaries and redefine our limits. If we were, by some miracle, assured that every good thing is to last forever, we’d probably never understand how important those things are to us. One simply cannot comprehend the power of light without understanding darkness.
Today was officially the last day of my 12-year long school life. The school, the teachers and the invaluable friends to whom I bid goodbye today have been a part of my life since the last four and a half years. It’s as if a small part of my soul and spirit resides in the school building. I was overcome by a deluge of emotions; the very thought of parting hurts. But then again, that’s how life is, and what the heck, I’ve only just lived 17 years. There’s lots more to come, and it’s going to be one rollercoaster ride!
The friendships and bonds I’ve built over these past years will always be cherished. Though, I wonder how many of us are even going to recognize each other after the next five years? It’s seems sad! Sadly hilarious, as a matter of fact!
Today, we find it impossible to live without each other. Tomorrow, we’ll be all on our own, walking our paths, maybe ringing each other a couple of times, but the thrill of meeting up and arguing and gossiping and talking endlessly without a care in the world will mostly be gone!
Again, I said mostly – because out of the seemingly large ocean of friends I believe I have, there are a few friends, very few actually, whom I trust and care about deeply. And though distance and time will intervene blissfully, some threads are simply never meant to be broken! These are the people I’ll always, always care about, however far away we may be.
Like James said in the final book of the epic Harry Potter series:
Harry asked, “You’ll stay with me?’
“Until the very end”, said James.”
I’ll keep visiting and revisiting these old memories, because they will be an oasis of unmatched joy and inspiration forever. I’ll always be indebted to the few teachers and few friends who have been by my side through the sorrowful times and the challenges and life…but I’m a pretty happy-go-lucky, be-who-you-want-to and live-how-you-want-to sort of a person, so the friends I’ll miss most are the ones with whom I’ve shared stomach-churning, unending and absolutely insane laughter. Yep, that’s true friendship. Laugh like crazy and be who you want to be!
As our juniors and teachers bid us farewell, I couldn’t help but cry, cry like a baby, and cry without holding back any tears. They were, I admit, tears of sadness. But at the same time, they were also tears of joy, because I’ll always be thankful to the school and all that it has done for me.
How I’m going to miss all my wonderful teachers and the passion with which they taught each lesson. How I’ll miss the punishments and the ‘you better keep quiet!’ and ‘I want pin-drop silence’. I’m going to miss the school bells, the short breaks, the lunch hall (with all the wonderful food..ah…I should say this at least once now!), the chatter, the playgrounds – everything! It’s all going to be very, very nostalgic. All I can probably do right now is say a big, big thank you for all the love.
And like Ernie Harwell said, “It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.”