Well, this is it!

by Kasi, a Patriot Blogger

Ah, the classic Florida afternoon thunderstorm. I have to say it’s one thing I’m not going to miss when I move to Mason. Although the sound of rain and thunder can be soothing, and creates a perfect time to curl up with a book, it’s not exactly friendly to a girl who’s busy trying to stuff things into the back of her car.

The storm is probably a blessing in disguise however, because it’s forcing me to take a break from the packing I’ve been working on most of the day. It’s amazing how much you end up bringing with you when you move. My room is beginning to feel pretty empty!

I think I was in denial of how close I was coming to leaving my friends, hometown, and family until I woke up this morning and had a terrifying thought, “this is it.” Even though I’m excited to get to Mason, make new friends and start my classes, I’m having a hard time with thinking about just how far away I’m going to be from the people I care about.

The reality that I’m not a kid anymore has also hit me hard in the past few days, as I’ve watched my younger brother and friends start up school again. It’s such a weird feeling to be kind of jealous of that, when all I wanted a year ago was to be finished and at the point I am now. It’s ironic that when you’re young, all you want to do is grow up, but once you actually reach that point, all you want to do is go back.

I know deep down that I’m going to be fine through this transition, but it is a little more intimidating now that it’s staring me in the face. I’ve been more aware than usual of the clocks in my house today. They all seem to be going too quickly, stealing my last hours at home from me…

As the rain begins to slow, I guess it’s time for me to continue on my packing journey so I can spend the rest of the night with my family. It’s going to be a long twelve-hour drive tomorrow, that’s for sure!

I’ll see you all on the flip side! I hope you have your seat belts buckled, because this year is definitely going to be an interesting ride!

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