Jul 2014
Lauren Florea

Saying Bye (with Beyoncé)

2014-07-29 19.02.08

Thank god I found the good in goodbye — “Best Thing I Never Had”, Beyoncé

I began my blogging process today by googling quotes about saying goodbye, as I’m a little over a week out from leaving my family and friends in the states behind. There are so many quotes out there about the topic because it’s something everyone has experienced at some point. The thing is, all the thoughts and ideas revolving around leaving are almost always sentimental or just downright depressing.

Saying goodbye is never easy. But I have to admit, I’m really not that sad. This is not an ending, but rather a beginning to a new stage of my life. I am excited about the new experiences and new people I will meet as I go to new places, so even though there is sadness in leaving the people I love I don’t want to focus on it. Instead, I’d rather say goodbye with a hug and a huge smile on my face as I promise to keep everyone updated about my adventures.

Because that’s just it. I can fly halfway around the world and as long as I have a wifi connection, I can talk to everyone as if I was still in the same city. I can share pictures and videos almost instantly. I can travel by myself and still feel not so alone. And this is the time in my life when I need to travel by myself and do these things that I’ve dreamed about. It all feels good, it all feels right, and I’m not going to hold back my enthusiasm by lingering on what must be left behind.

This may be goodbye for now, but it is good. Queen Bey has spoken, amen.