Goodbye, Mason

Jake Sapp | Staff Writer

To say that my time at MHS has been a transformational one would be an understatement.

Over the course of two short years, I have had the chance to be able to do so many things that I would never have thought possible even just two years ago, especially as a sophomore. I have laughed, cried, and everything in between, and I wouldn’t give up anything I have learned or experienced for the world. The people I have met, the friends I have made, and the lessons I have learned are so integral to who I am today that I have no idea where I would be without them, and I am eternally thankful for that fact.

But pretty soon I’m going to have to pack my bags and leave it all behind, and that’s something that has been bothering me for quite a long while now.

At the end of the school year I will be moving to North Carolina, and at the same time away from the place that I have lived for so many years, away from my friends, and away from the school that gave me so much. Being able to reflect on that fact, however, has made me appreciate all of the things I have gained from simply being able to grow up in a town like Mason. I took for granted all of the people I have in my life, all of my friends and peers, so in a way leaving has opened my eyes to things I was never aware of beforehand.

Given the fact that the school year is ending, there are going to also be a lot of seniors who will be experiencing the same emotions that I am as they head off to college. Summer is the season of goodbyes and new beginnings as I have come to realize, and I think it’s important that as it grows closer, people focus on the positives rather than the negatives.

Saying goodbye is difficult, especially when you have no idea when your next hello will be. Goodbye to friends, goodbye to places, and goodbye to family. All of it can make you feel like a piece of you is missing. But the important thing to remember is that those people will always be with you, no matter how far away you are from them.

But living in fear of the idea that you won’t be able to see them again will only prevent you from enjoying the time you still have to share your life with them.

It’s very easy to lose yourself in the idea that you are leaving behind so many things you hold dear to your heart, as I have learned over the course of the past year, but those emotions are what prevent you from being able to look forward and see the eventual bright side that comes with change.

It’s important to balance both the fear of change and the anticipation of it, because one can very easily blind the other.

Simply sulking about the fact that you are going to be going off to a totally new place will prevent you from enjoying what little precious time you still have left with the people you love.

Over the past few months, I have been trying to spend more and more time with my friends and peers, and trying things that I have never done before just for the sake of doing them. I realized that I had to make the most out of the limited time I have. Because of that, the idea of saying goodbye to everything has become much easier, since I know I have lived my life here to the absolute fullest. 

Nobody can ever predict what will happen to them tomorrow, especially if they will be somewhere completely foreign to them, so the best thing you can do is to not dwell in either the past nor future. In the end, the best thing you can do is live completely in the now, and enjoy every second of it while it lasts.

For what it is worth I would like to finish this column by thanking and saying goodbye to everyone who I have met during my time at Mason. I wouldn’t be who I am today without you all. Thank you.