I have five days left in Heidelberg. Let me repeat that statement for dramatic effect. I have five days left. Five days. 120 hours. A few of those hours are occupied by finals, but the rest will be filled with things, places, and people I love. See the crazy kids in these pictures? Yeah, those are my people. I once heard the saying, “Home is where you feel most loved.” If that’s true, then I’m already home. I have never felt more be beloved by so many people at once than I have this year. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to get home and be with other people who love and care about me, but I take comfort in the knowledge that I can always go home. I can’t always come back to Heidelberg. Even if I visit in the future, it won’t be the same. It can’t, because not all 49 of my friends will be there.
In another sense, though, I am glad to be leaving now. It’s better to end on a high note, don’t you think? And this is a very, very high note indeed. I wouldn’t want this experience to loose it’s specialness or be tainted by over-exposure. Or at least that’s what I tell myself to keep from crying! I find I am the best version of myself when I am here. Heidelberg Micah is confident, adventurous, considerate, creative, and much more. But I know that girl won’t disappear when I go home, she will only influence the person I become.
So thank you, Heidelberg, for teaching me how to thrive. There’s something special about you, little town, something words fail to describe. But I, and the countless other students who have graced your streets, know how special you are. I guess it’s our little secret.
Have a great week friends, see you soon 🙂