Thank you for the past 7 years of my life. I came here as an eighteen year old who thought he had the world figured out, but I leave as a twenty five year old realizing there is much to still be learned. Before I go, I’d like to remind you of some of the memories we made.
Remember Freddy? This was my first chance to live independently. My first chance to rely completely on myself. Freddy also gave me the opportunity to strengthen and solidify friendships with my friends also at Missouri State. Freddy will always hold a special place in my heart. 1WW for life.
Speaking of Missouri State, isn’t it amazing to see how my time in school has changed me? Like I mentioned earlier, I thought I had everything figured out where I arrived in town. Who I was, what I wanted to do, and who I wanted to be. I think it is safe to say that Missouri State changed this perspective. Missouri State opened my eyes to the blind spots in my life. It made me reevaluate who I was, what I wanted to do, and who I wanted to be. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t complete change or throw everything about myself out the window, but this was my first chance to think for myself and to decide what I wanted to believe, and more importantly, why I wanted to believe the things I did.
Springfield was also the city that provided me with my first loves. While these relationships ultimately didn’t end up working our or lasting, the knowledge I gained about myself and what it means to be in a loving relationship was invaluable. Though great amounts of loss and heartache were felt when these relationships ended, I wouldn’t trade the experiences for anything.
I wish I could talk in detail about the friendships I made during my time down here, but I fear I wouldn’t be able to begin to scratch the surface with the space allotted to me. Chances are, if you’re reading this you fall into that category and I thank you for the positive role that you’ve played in my life. I look forward to continuing to have you as a part of my life.
Lastly, Springfield, you gave me a direction to head. I know that life is a journey and not a destination, but I feel that I am leaving much more prepared for what’s ahead than I was when I arrived. Thanks.
Where did the 7 years go?