Saying goodbye is never easy, especially when you’re saying goodbye to someone who means a heck of a lot to you. Whether it’s “goodbye for now” or goodbye forever, the rush of feelings you get can be incredibly joyous or heartbreaking, or both.
Last year, this tall, confident, beautiful girl walked into the gym to tryout for the volleyball team I play on. Our connection was almost instant and I knew that we would be life-long friends. A year has gone by and we have gone through so many moments of sadness, happiness, self-discovery, and more. It wasn’t until a few days ago that Sam decided she was going to move back home. It’s never an easy decision to be honest with yourself and with others in saying that you are very homesick and want to move back home. Home for her is New Market, which is really not that far from Sudbury so I could visit a lot, but it’s not the same thing. When you’re so use to having someone around all the time, to bounce energy off of, someone that makes you smile no matter how miserable you are, not having her around will be make a big differences in my life and in the overall vibe on our volleyball team.
Samantha Stewart, here is an appreciation post just for you ❤️.
You are one in a million my friend. I was never the girl to have many “girl” friends growing up. The ones I had weren’t around for long, and I was much more drawn into either being alone or hanging with the guys. As I got older, and started meeting girls through volleyball, I found it to be a special moment when I met someone and instantly knew we were going to kick it off. I have met a lot of very good friends through volleyball, and you my love are one of them.
You’re attitude, your bright spirit, your constant laughter, you’re ability to see the glass half full in any situation, and your love for life. All of these, along with many other things are some of the reasons why I love you. I know you’ve been dealing with some challenging decisions lately, but I just want you to know that EVERYTHING is going to be okay. Being homesick is not that big of a deal. Even though it feels like you are leaving a lot behind in Sudbury, you’re also leaving with a lot of wonderful things to hold on to. This friendship and many other ones you’ve developed will continue to grow despite the distance between them.
Life is a journey and you’ve only but begun yours. Good things are in store for you. Remember to wake up everyday with positive intentions and be gentle with yourself.
Sam, my sidekick, my hype girl, my OVO date, I cannot wait to see what the future holds for us!
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”