DO | Goodbye to My Small Handful

DO | Goodbye to My Small Handful

The farewell gauntlet of graduation season has taught me that you can tell a lot about a relationship from how the goodbye feels. Some are messy and tearful, others are a friendly wave and some well wishes and others happen without either of you even realizing you won’t see each other again. 

Having made it through the last four years at an ever-changing pace, I can say that the life lessons were neat and the academic rigor certainly helped to pass the time, but it’s the relationships that will make my heart ache as I become further removed from my college life. My heart will ache with regret over wasted time, a fear of the unfamiliar world ahead, and with the bittersweet knowledge that life will never be quite like this again. The spontaneity, vulnerability and enthusiasm with which I cherished my college friends will give way to new but still unknown joys. 

One insight that my dad often shares with me is that whether you are happy is mostly dictated by a select few relationships in your life. We might be inclined to chase everything else that claims to make us happy, but it’s really just a small handful of people who sustain our happiness, no matter how much money, status or influence we have. One of the most difficult parts of college is that we have four years to find our small handful of people, only to be separated from them in the blink of an eye. 

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