Before I went to college, I always thought it was too bad that I was turning 18 when I would have just been at college for a month. Surely, I thought, there was no way I would have a group of friends to celebrate with that fast. I mean, I'm not the type of person that makes friends fast. My best friends from high school I knew for many years before we made that final leap into "best friendhood".
I couldn't have been more wrong. Today was the best birthday I have ever had and that is including the two midterms I had to take today. It's not just because I'm finally an adult (voting and infomercial shopping anyone?). It's because today was a wonderful blend of realizing how much I belong here and what wonderful friends I still have from back home. I didn't even know that the two could coexist so nicely before today.
Making friends here was so much more beautiful than I thought it would be. It wasn't just easier because everyone was freshmen and wanting to make friends, it was significant because it was still sincere even if it was fast. So to all the wonderful people I have met, and the ones I have yet to meet: thank you. As individuals, as a collective whole, we are a part of something very unique and special here.
Holding onto the friends from home was a great deal harder than I expected. My tendancy is to live fully wherever I am and with whoever I am nearby. Technology aids maintaining connections but I love real conversations with real people. I'm fully aware of the wonderful things Skype can do but there is a drastic difference between a scheduled "skype date" and just sharing the little joys of life with people as they come up. I believe I fall short in this area of long-distance friendships consistently and while my past history makes my upcoming statement less than trustworthy, I truly wish to improve upon this. So to all the wonderful people that have been a part of my life, you aren't rid of me yet.
I believe I started off this post as something about my birthday yet I digress more than I ever stay on topic. In short, my birthday was amazing because it contained wonderful people and friends and family and love and connections and for me, that is all I could ever wish for.