Graduating HS I remember thinking man this is it. I made a whole video concept on that. However truth be told standing on that stage the feeling didn’t sink in. Then I realized outside congratulating one another that the feeling didn’t sink in cause the people I grew up around & with were still with me. Celebrating & rejoicing. However slowly as summer passed one by one they’d leave just as before. It’s something you become all to familiar with “goodbyes”. Today my best friend for nearly 8 years left the island. Saying bye to Dylan I realized… thats it. This right here is it. The group I grew up with from elementary were but all gone off in their respective corners of the earth doing their thing & pursuing their future. Starting when we met in 6th grade & the group we formed to being graduated and scattered around.
Thats what growing up is.. that feeling people describe of the realization of graduation is more so that of the realization that everyone your close to & know are about to go their separate ways. Seeing Dylan leave was hard cause I realized when I do finally leave here its just me saying bye to the island & handful of important people really. Grant it I love Okinawa & Japan don’t get me wrong but people make up the place just as much as the environment. That realization in mind just as everyone else transitions into their new chapter it was my turn to do the same. Move on. I don’t get to say it often to friends past & present or for that matter always keep in touch. But to each and everyone to whom it concerns… best of wishes in whatever you aim for in life & wherever that happens to be. I may not get to tell you in text, skype, etc but just know I’m passing it along. Time flies faster & faster and just as everyone else transitions into whatever it may be college, work, etc its time for yourself to do the same. It’s not selfish, its looking out for your future of who & what you want to be.
I miss a ton of you and if this ever stumbles upon your dashboard. Hope all is well.