These are my best friends/roommates. I am having a hard time taking in the fact that in 20 days, we won't even all be in the same state anymore. I know that some friends come and go, and some last forever. But I think the hard part is that I have lots of friends that I love who have lasted forever and will last forever, but won't ever live in the same place as me again. I am a champion of the long distance relationship, whether it is with my boyfriend, my friends, or my family. But I'd much rather get to spend person to person time with those that I love!
Katie (on the left) is moving back to LA at the end of the month. She will be pursuing a career in nursing, and for now, is moving back home to save money and complete her prerequisites. We have lived together for 5 years! year 1: in the same dorm, year 2: on the same floor of the dorm (I was her RA), year 3: I ended up basically living at her house, year 4: Same house, year 5: Same house again. In the past 5 years, and most especially in the last 3 years, we have literally sen each other and hung out almost every single day. I can't believe that all that hangout time will be coming to close at the end of the month. Katie is one of the most understanding, compassionate, open minded, and free spirited people that I have ever known. I never feel judged by her. We think so similarly about so many things, like everything. And her constant smile and laughter make everyday better. She is truly an unique and deeply warm soul who constantly radiates peace. She is just the sort of lady who needs to be a nurse, someone who you always feel safe with and whose spirit immediately calms you. I don't know what I will do without her. Ah I could start bawling right now. Sister soul mates!
Brittany (the little blonde in the middle) is moving to New York after she spends a few weeks at home in So Cal. She's already left Seattle for home and I have cried countless amounts of time already. She is moving out to NY to pursue opportunities in fashion and international affairs/business. Now, I have only known Brit for a year. She was friends with Anne before I got to know her. But last fall, she became the newest member of our house. At first I thought we wouldn't have much in common. But after many a late night staying up chatting, getting deep, and giggling over bubbly drinks, I realized we are extremely similar in many ways. She completely fulfills all the girly fun friendship that I have ever wanted. She is literally always joyful and enthusiastic. I don't think I have ever met anyone who just radiates warmth like she does. And, as an observer, I see so many people immediately become enamored with her as soon as they meet her. She has something so unique and happy about her. It's not as simple as "charm," just an absolute sincere desire to bring light and happiness to the lives of every single person she meets. She has the sweetest heart, I don't know what I will do without her tiny little shoulder to lean on. Plus, nothing beats the enthusiastic entrance that she has coming down the stairs every morning. It is a combo of a jump from the bottom step into a full lunge, hands shooting up into the air, and a quick "WOO!" Good morning Brit :)
Anne (the curly redhead on the right) is moving to Guatemala in just a few weeks. She was one of my very first friends in Seattle when I came up here for undergrad 5 years ago. (And, like Katie, we have lived with each other on and off for 5 years) I remember the moment that I first met her thinking, "Holy crap this girl is so pretty!" She is probably the sassiest, most passionate woman I have ever known. Whether she is fervently devoting her time to volunteer work, throwing herself into yoga, paying tennis, or baking up a storm in our kitchen, she does everything with the most intense dedication. She is all or nothing, making whatever she dedicates her time to 500 times more beautiful when she is done. She is a tough cookie, but deep down, she has the softest heart which beats so fervently for the justice of others. While in Guatemala, she will be working doing sort of social work with kids with an international organization for a year. As soon as she is done in one year, she hopes to go straight into grad school for international peace studies through psychology. She wants to work with kids who have lived in war torn countries, working one on one with traumatized kids like the poor children who are forced to become child soldiers for the Lord's Resistance Army. She has such a huge heart, and a fearless attitude to take on difficult situations. I admire her so much, and love her passionate attitude towards everything. Her spirit is wild and I know she will fulfill her dreams, no matter what. If only I could harness a fourth of her strength, I could take over the world. Fearless and strong. This is my super power friend.
I can't take my friends with me wherever I go, and I can't follow them everywhere. I am just so thankful that these 3 girls have been in my life, have made such an incredible impact on who I am, and have understood me and loved me more than I could have ever hoped for in my friends. I can honestly say that, because of them, I am a fuller, more joyful, more sincere, more passionate person. I don't know what I will do without them here. But I know I will manage and will seek to establish more friendships that breech the boundaries of depth and love that I have with these 3 wonderful friends. Pray for their safe travels and that they feel fulfilled in each of their endeavors. And pray that, in each of their new cities, that they will find friendships that will be just as fulfilling and sincere as the friendship we share between us all. I love you my friends. Your friendship means the world to me. <3