See You Down the River

This is my very last post for Dirty Shoes. I have enjoyed writing it so much. I cannot wait to go back after the semester ends and read them all over again and simply think to myself, “What the hell was I thinking when I wrote that?” or “How did I get up the nerve to post a video of me doing exercises that I learned in bodycombat?” I definitely took a step outside my comfort zone, and I must conclude that it was really worth it.

See you later MMU, thanks for being the best second home.

I graduate in two days. I can hardly wait to throw my cap. I, along with many other students, have reached our educational goals, and now we are at the finish line. I wouldn’t have wanted my dirty shoes to land anywhere else but here.

I’m sure by now you have read the title of this post, “See You Down the River.” Well there is a story about that one. A friend of my mom and dad named Terry Larson, who lives in northern Minnesota, used to help guide us during kayaking trips. After one of our first times going on a trip with him, it was time for us to go back to our cabin and for him to go home.

As we said our goodbyes, the hype of the kayaking trip simmered down and became part of the past. Terry ended our goodbyes with a simple phrase, “See you down the river.” It was not a goodbye or a hug, but a simple hand gesture and a powerful phrase.

It sticks with me today because it wasn’t a goodbye for us, but it was a see you soon. There are a lot of departing moments in life, and that’s what life’s all about. Change is inevitable, so the quicker one is to accepting it, the better off one will be.

So Mount Mary University and Arches, see you down the river.

Keep wearing your dirty shoes.

Hayley

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