I’ve said a lot of goodbyes in the past week or so. I said goodbye to all the furniture I own as I gave it all away in the process of moving out of my apartment. I said goodbye to my friends, to my co-workers and boss, to my dearest friends from WUSC, and to the city of Victoria.
I’m officially done at UVic and that means Victoria is not, for the time being, “home” any longer. Yesterday was fraught with emotions as I left for the airport to fly to my parents’ home in Kelowna for the holidays. But I walked in the door of my Kelowna home and found a note from my wise friend Felicia that was certainly a comfort. While I have more to write later about saying goodbye to a city, this quote she wrote out for me reminds me how lucky I am to have made so many special memories in Victoria and at UVic, to be spending time with my family over the holidays, and to be embarking on new adventures in the new year.
I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual…I laugh when I think of my vague, indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment. –Henry David Thoreau