No, I’m not going to apologise for the profanity. Seriously, fuck farewells. Also, the title is not clickbait. If that was misleading, I’m really sorry. We’re looking to vent, get this wrapped up and move on. There’s no cryptic first passage and random references. This is plain, simple and from the heart.
Farewells are when a bunch of people get together and say goodbyes, felicitate people amongst themselves and then some. This is usually in an educational institution and my case takes it specifically to colleges.
On the day, it does not make a lot of sense initially. We’re all hugging each other; we don’t exchange emails anymore because that is so 2005. It’s presumed to be some sort of a happy occasion because at the back of our minds is a very simple thought, “I don’t have to go to classes anymore”; this is not necessarily verbatim. Everybody has their own version. I, to be specific, was ecstatic that there would be no register signing anymore (that turned out to be a bummer).
Seeing through the lens is a gift that only the guy holding the camera gets. At any event, you look through waiting for the perfect shot and end up seeing moments that are uniquely yours; it would take a world of words to explain that to another person because you are caught up in the moment.
The one guy who wants a picture with everybody else; the one who wants to recreate famous farewell poses from pop culture and the others who generally goof around.
It was during all the mayhem of the photoshoot that I realised something. In someways, this was the end; the end to a life of limited responsibility and to a bunch of people that you have been stuck with for around four years. Saying that they are the formative years of adulthood is an understatement. There are friends, crushes, enemies, people you hate and people who hate you; but all is forgiven and for the few hours that transpire, all is well.
And then the realisation hits. I take a look back and know for sure that, most of these people, this is the last time that I will ever see them in person or have a conversation with them. Facebook and all other social media serves for me to stay updated on what’s going on with them but, the bottom line is, I’m not seeing a lot of these people ever again.
Ever. Again. Let the words sink in and then the title will begin to make sense.
Thank you for sitting through this! You’re a darling!