I have three days left in Madison. It is a bit scary to think that I will be out of the city in about 72 hours, ready to take on the next chapter in my life.
The next few days will be filled with wrapping up some of the experiences I have had over the past two years in the city. I will be saying goodbye to friends, cleaning my apartment and leaving the keys when done, and leaving all of the jobs I have held behind. I am moving on to new experiences, but I cannot forget the people and events who have gotten me to this point. It is crucial that I see the good in this experience and show myself the internal growth that has occurred.
For instance, I have been able to make some major life steps on my own lately. I forgave people who have hurt me in the past. I have been able to understand the passions within my life and ensure I work on my gifts daily. I try to see the beauty in everything. These challenges are not easy, but it is what makes life worth it.
Tonight, I’m seeing some of my favorite classmates for a glass of wine or two. Tomorrow, Val and I are going to eat some cheese and stroll down State Street. And Sunday, I am moving home. I’m wrapping up the Madison chapter in my life, sad but true.
I talked to a friend who had been integral in my happiness and life in Madison. When I told her I was moving on Sunday she was sad and told me to visit. She also told me that “Madison is a better city when I am in it.” Although I choked back tears then, and am trying not to cry now, I must remember that sentiment. I am a good person who can light up the room, city, or state I am in. I am one person, but I can make my change in the world.
Right now, my world is Madison. I must make my mark here in the next few hours and see where this crazy journey of life takes me. Hopefully, it will bring be back here again.