Today I found out I've been accepted into Savannah school of art and design, and with scholarships! I'm almost positive it's because I somehow managed to get all A's last semester without sacrificing my soul to Satan (okay, maybe a little). It seems like everything is falling into place for me academically. At first, attending college in a city of strangers all the way across the country was a concept frightening as all hell, yet after this past year of living on my own that fear has metamorphosed into a passionate curiosity. I have developed a taste for freedom and a need for challenge.
First thing's first: I am going to miss my friends and family. A lot. Those amazing people that have kept me going through innumerable hardships and fantastic successes. We've comforted each other in the midst of crisis. They've soothed the frayed ends of my anxious, self-destructive thoughts with the simple pleasure of their company. They've made me challenge my own thinking. They've shrank my chia-pet ego down to size when I needed it most. They have brought me inspiration, understanding, laughter and countless coffee dates. They're actually put up with me. They are the band-aid on my brain and moving away is going to be like ripping it off. All I can say is thank you for coming into my life. I hope we stay in touch.
Second, holy BALLS am I going to miss this state. I've lived all over the U.S., and never have I been somewhere as beautiful and exciting as Oregon. There is such a variety of people here. There is so much inspiration in this state, from Country Fair to Faerieworlds and the SCA. The scenery. The music. The art. There are places to go when I need people and places to go when I need people to GTFO. I'm grateful for that. Savannah has its own beauty and culture though, and I hope whatever it has to offer can compare with Oregon.
This isn't going to be easy, but something is telling me it's going to be worth it.