The seasons are changing (finally!), and so is nearly everything in my life. The weather reflects my emotions: on some days I am sunny, pounding around the house in excitement like a child; on some days I am rainy, I thunder, wondering how I will ever make it through the coming year without losing myself in the process.
Soon I will be moving houses once again. I will have to say goodbye to the cats I have taken care of for the past six months, as well as the roommates who have kept me company and with whom I have become unexpected friends this past year. I will have to say goodbye to some furniture, some clothing, and anything else I can bear to leave behind. Most significantly, I will have to say goodbye to the life and routine I have developed at university for the last four years.
But I will be saying hello to much more. I will be saying hello to my new job teaching English online, which is already more satisfying and purposeful than any job I have previously worked. I will be saying hello to more time with my family, and perhaps some time spent up North on a beautiful lake. I will be saying hello to an impromptu vacation with my boyfriend and his sister, and, at the end of the year, I will be saying hello to a job teaching English in Japan, which will hopefully be synonymous with saying hello to the adventure of a lifetime.
I am grieving; I am celebrating. I have an infinite number of reasons to be alive.
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