We lean forward.
“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” ― Jack Kerouac
Life as a 20 something seems to be filled only with goodbyes and new adventures. Goodbye to home friends when you go off to college. Goodbye to college friends when you go home at the end of the semester. And goodbye to both of them(and friends from all other walks of life) when you decide to leave the country until February.
Right now, as I plan out what I need to bring to Ireland, set aside some clothes, get rid of others, talk to my bank, cancel my phone plan, etc., I am sad. Goodbyes make me sad. Be that goodbye to a person, a place, or a way of life. I can’t help but want to hold onto the way things are. This seems silly when I write it down, however, because I have lived far from what one would call a consistent life. I’m never in one place for more than a few months. I have friends from all over the country, and all over the world for that matter. I love adventure, and I embrace change once it has happened.
So yes. I am sad. I will miss those I leave behind. But we lean forward. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies. Catch you on the flipside, America. Ireland, I’m coming for you.