"Reason, Season, Lifetime"
A Thank You to All of Those Who I’ve Come Across
Continuing my education at the University of Delaware has been fruitful and fulfilling in many ways. Various experiences lead to my perspective widening on both problems and, more importantly, people.
I recently watched a Jay Shetty video explaining the three reasons as to why people enter your life. I am the last person to dig deeper into philosophical questions and matters. However, I could not help but reflect on those who shaped me to be the person I am today. In response, I decided to write a thank you letter inspired by “3 Reasons”.
I’ll be blunt – time was short and sweet, whether it be a week, month, or semester. We may have shared a few laughs, tears, or both. Possibly, you introduced me to people, or maybe I did the same for you. Either way, I think it is safe to say that we both stepped out of our comfort zones to meet someone new and put ourselves out there. I gained new experiences only to have us part ways shortly after. Even if I don’t miss you to this day, I value the memories we made together and new stories because of this short-term friendship.
A more rooted relationship that may plausibly have to cut itself short due to circumstances and where you and the other person are in life. However, I find these relationships to be more fulfilling in the sense that the other person teaches me and fills what I am missing. These people understood me better than I understood myself, even if we had to part ways in similar manners to those of seasonal peers.
To the dear people who have taught me “reasons”, I value your wisdom and knowledge and wish that I had more to offer. I am unsure as to why you chose to help me, as you received nothing in return. If anything, I can only do the same for others and become a “reason” just as you were to me. I hope that our paths cross again, even if God has no plans or directions for this.
A note to those who’ve stuck with me throughout the years and accepted the nadir of my flaws, weaknesses, and quirks:
Words cannot equate to or surmount how much I cherish you, even if I fail to show it. You continuously pop up in my life, fate or not. I make mistakes but learn from the values and strength that you exhibit. You prove how it takes only a single person to keep you going during the worst of times, and I keep you in mind whenever I want to quit. You motivate me to better myself, and I aim to spread your wit, kind heart, and loyalty. A daunting, near-impossible challenge – hence why I gravitate toward you all to wallow in these golden relationships.