I’m just going to put it out there:
I don’t believe in goodbyes.
Really, I don’t. I reject the idea in it’s every way, shape, and form. Because goodbyes, they mean letting go completely….of a person, a place, an idea, a memory, an experience. Goodbyes are half-hearted attempts at forgetting, which no one really knows how to do- even those who claim to hold the ability.
I’ll tell you what I do believe in, though.
I believe in “see you later’s.”
A bit of a cliche, yes. It’s a saying we’ve heard time and time again…..but truth, nonetheless. “See you later” is the warm, incredibly tight bear hug with emotions that linger long after it’s gone. You can’t help but love it, even if it hurts a little.
So, as we all part ways for the summer…..
9 Ways to Say “See You Later”
1) OVER DINNER.
Because no matter how many times we whine about being broke college students, somehow there’s always room in our bank accounts for Chipotle. It’s a mystery.
2) WITH A T-SHIRT
Ideal for the frat-stars in your life. If you really aren’t sure what to say to him before you go, then say it with Comfort Colors. It’s like a Hallmark Card, except less endearing and without all the hearts. Giving someone a t-shirt before you part ways is cute, fun, and pretty to the point….kinda like most freshman guys. Plus, you can always stick it to the srat-status-quo and nab it from his closet should the opportunity ever present itself…..it’s the parting gift that keeps on giving.
3) IN A LETTER
Handwritten notes are special….the kind of extraordinary special that can only be found in between the curves and curls of a shotty cursive signature and extensive “xoxoxoxo’s.”
Emotional? Nahhh. Blame those tears on the tequila.
5) WITHOUT WORDS
In some cases, certain things are better left unsaid. And maybe, just maybe, there’s a reason for that. I’ll admit, I have a hard time accepting this. I’m one who would much rather say too much than remain silent. However, silence isn’t always a bad thing. You can let it be, without letting go.
6) IN THE LIBRARY
No, this doesn’t mean you’re a loser. It means in the midst of move-out madness and different schedules amongst friends, you’ve got to take a final exam here and there. The best way to get everyone in one place? Over coffee and Economics notes.
7) WITH A PICTURE
…they still print photographs? Why yes, yes they do. A snapshot on an iphone is nice, but there’s something about the feeling of physically holding a memory in the palm of your hands, squinting just to see the delicate details of the expressions of those pictured. It’s timeless, and it’s meaningful. Great for a close friend.
8) WITH A SONG
Maybe it’s the song you blast full volume when your with your girlfriends, and sing at the top of your lungs in (not)so perfect harmony. Perhaps it’s the tune you heard at EVERY frat party this year (turn down for what…..?) Whatever the song may be, play it.
9) ANY WAY YOU POSSIBLY CAN
Shout it from across the street. Send a text, make a call…..do what you gotta do. Whatever the case may be, let no one in your life leave, for any period of time, feeling anything other than needed, wanted, and loved.