My last two days in Heidelberg were incredibly moving. I had my last run along the river. Had my last ice cream. My last exam. Said my last goodbyes to acquaintances. My last bike rides. My last hours of sleep. My last conversations in German. On Wednesday I had a last dinner with a dear, dear friend. I hung out with my friends at the DAI one last time. I returned home to hang out on the terrace with my housemates one last time. Two of my best friends in my house stayed up all night as I packed. I laughed, I cried. I hugged and high-fived and fist-pumped my way through the goodbyes. I exchanged gifts. It felt simultaneously like Christmas and a tragic goodbye. Some of these people I will never see again, that’s just the way life works. But others I know I will see. I have to. These people became my community and my family. This photo was taken at the grill party last weekend by my photographer friend Amelie. In it I am surrounded by friends I love, playing music as the warm summer air fills us with memories. This experience was not just about University, or studying abroad, or internships or clubs. It was about life. And The Heidelblog was about the beautiful opportunities that reveal themselves when you dare to say “yes” to the universe and all of the challenges that come with it. This experience showed me just how beautiful life can be, and I thank you for joining me on the journey. I hope you have gained some new perspectives along the way.
And now, I leave you with this:
‘Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring– What good amid these, O me, O life?
That you are here– that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.’
May you have the inspiration and courage to contribute a verse.
All the best,