As I’m finishing up finals and getting ready to leave Maryville and adventure off into new places I think its important to take a second to stop and look around.
I want to take in all of my surroundings and appreciate how beautiful it is. As someone who aspires to travel for a living I don’t want to caught in an endless cycle of the grass is greener somewhere else. I love Maryville. I think it is filled with beautiful places and scenes. Many people I know have either been here too long and take it for granted or they haven’t been here long enough to notice what they are surrounded by.
I know people who have been in the library for the past 24 hours and who probably won’t leave the library until Friday afternoon. I don’t want to diminish their hard work and diligence but I think it’s easy to get swept up in the day-to-day to do list. It’s so easy these days to get caught up in work, classes, or homework and really forget tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, next week isn’t guaranteed and that diploma that people work so hard for isn’t guaranteed to get you where you want to be. It’s important to take 15 minutes… 20 minutes… an hour… however long, to really step back and look at what you’re surrounded by whether that’s a sunset, good friends, good food, or whatever it is that makes you happy but to not get too caught up in something you have to do…. do something you want to do. Don’t just say you’ll do it later. Do it now! Race out to Mozingo lake catch that sunset.
That’s exactly what I’m doing. What I should be doing is sitting in the library drinking a Starbucks coffee and working on one of the many assignments I have due this week. But I decided to do what makes me happy. I’m sitting on a bench watching the sunset on the lake. All I can think about is how much I’m going to miss Maryville. The only thing that keeps me from tearing up or crying is the thought that in four months I won’t be sitting here I’ll be sitting in Morocco watching the sunset with a completely different backdrop.
It’s hard to say goodbye. Saying goodbye to people is tough becasue you don’t know when you’ll see them again. Next week? Next month? Ten years from now? All I can do is wish them all the luck in the world and hope that we stay in touch. Saying goodbye to a place is different. I have such a strong feeling of belonging here. I know the roads and the places. I know the people who work at the restaurants and bars. Leaving a place is hard. Those things wont always be there. Restaurants will close, new ones will open. I’ll forget if it’s a left or a right on the way to my old apartment. That feeling of belonging I have right now will fade away and eventually, when I visit I’ll feel like a stranger in a new place. But goodbyes are also exciting. As the door closes on my time in Maryville I’m walking into a whole world full of opportunity. I have so many more things in store for me. First off is Morocco in August! After that… who knows.
The people and places I know and love may not always be here but one thing I know I can always visit… is the sunset on the lake.