5 days, 1 hour, and 4o minutes until I leave the area where my entire life has taken place. Is this met with some sadness? Yes. Is it met with even more excitement? Yes. Will I miss those people who have and will be such an important part of my life and history? Yes. Should I stop writing pointless rhetorical questions? Yes.
It's impossible to say quite where I am at right now, and what I am thinking, mostly because there are so many unanswered questions that cannot be answered without experience. I really believe that this is going to be the trip of a lifetime, a great experience, and a time of self-education like none I have ever had. I don't expect to return to those I love as the same person, but only hope that I return as someone better.
To all of you who are reading this, my first of many posts to be put on this site, I would like to reiterate that I love you all and will miss you and wish that I could have one more day, one more hour, one more minute, one more memory with you. I can say without a doubt that the last couple of days have reaffirmed my affection for each of you. The outpouring of support, knowing critiques, and exciting 'going away' events and experiences, have been invaluable to me. I plan to keep in contact through this tool, and through my email. Please do not be a stranger.
Well, enough rambling. I don't have to say goodbye just yet, so I am not gonna. :)