Saying Goodbye

Goodbyes tend to fall into two (maybe three) categories. The first being an Excited goodbye, the second goodbye is the Sad goodbye.  There can be an Indifferent goodbye, but we’re just going to ignore that one for now.

It is the end of the school year, so naturally there are many goodbyes to be told.  There will be laughter, tears, and probably an unnatural amount of hugging. Nevertheless, goodbyes are inevitable.

I just said goodbye to my host family, who has been a huge blessing to me while I have studied in the Netherlands. I also had to say goodbye to many friends that I made while on the SPICE program, whether they were fellow Dordt students who are now graduating, or German/Dutch students that I have had the privilege of meeting this past semester.  Either way, these were all sad goodbyes.

My host family and I

My host family and I

However, there have been many excited goodbyes. I am excited to go home for the first time in four months. I had to say goodbye to those I know I will see again soon walking around Dordt’s campus, so even that was not that terribly sad of a goodbye.

Four months ago I had to say goodbye to many people too. To all those at Dordt who just graduated and will no longer be gracing Dordt with their presence on the regular. I also had to say goodbye to my family and friends from Chicagoland. These were also a mixture of sad and excited goodbyes.

This then makes a new category: The Bittersweet goodbye. The mixture of being sad and excited about saying goodbye.

So, here are my Bittersweet goodbyes:

To all those I met on SPICE:  Thank you for making the past four months some of the best months of my entire 21 years of life. We have seen each other at our worst, our best, and everywhere in between. The memories and adventures that we created in just a short amount of time will stay with me for a life time. But don’t stop there, keep the journey going, keep that adventurous spirit high, and continue the narrative that we started writing.

Even though this may be goodbye, I am already looking forward to the next hello. Whether that may be in person or through the world of technology. Keep in touch, don’t be a stranger, I want updates on the next chapter of your novel called life.

To all those who graduated:  What a time we had. I am so thankful for each and every one of you.  You have influenced me more than you may know. Even though we only knew each other for three whatever years, and in the grand scheme of things that isn’t a long time, but remember you had a major part of some of my most important years. 

Also, congratulations on conquering a major milestone in your life. I am amazed by the perseverance, dedication, and passion that you had to make it this far in your education. And even though I already said goodbye to you it doesn’t mean that there isn’t a hello coming just around the corner. 

Goodbyes always seem difficult, but as the saying goes (by I have no idea because literally everyone says it, so I will too) I like to think of it as a see you later, and not a goodbye.

So, see you later, catch you on the flip side, tot ziens, till next time.

- Luke

Ps. If you are not pictured that does not mean you are not who I am talking about...there would be a million more pictures if I got everyone. :)