Matt (matt1631sw11) wrote,

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last post before the next step

Well I leave for Tampa in less than twelve hours, and it's slowly beginning to hit me. It is a very bittersweet feeling.
Sweet because I'm going into a situation where, if I work hard enough and put in the effort, the sky is literally the limit. I'll be surrounded by coworkers I know and trust and most importantly, are people I both feel comfortable being myself around and who share a team attitude that makes everyone work their hardest. I'll have a boss who will expect a lot from me, but only because she sees my potential and wants to develop it so I can realize it. I'll have relatives nearby in case I ever need help or feel lonely and my youngest brother will be moving in with me in late July or early to mid August to go to the University of South Florida, which is only about 2-3 miles from my office. And of course I'll be in a metro area that I'm already somewhat familiar with and enjoy being in.
But it'll be bitter because I'll be leaving the comfort of familiarity as well as so many great people I've gotten to know in my time in Georgia. It'll be my first time truly separated from my family, as Alpharetta was less than two hours from Athens, so I could go home any weekend I wanted. So many people I've met who have given so much to me through their kindness and friendship and love will now be hundreds of miles away. I'll miss being able to see them with little or no planning and coordination of schedules required. They say you really don't know what you had until it's gone, and I'm realizing just how great things were here. Sure, I had some down times and no, life wasn't perfect. But I've got so much to be thankful for and so many people to thank that I can't even begin to list things and people here. All I can really say is "thank you" and hope they know just how much they meant to me.
I may be physically leaving tomorrow, but that's all. The memories will never be forgotten and the friendships are still forever.

Goodbye for now, but not forever.
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