My Imminent Departure from Chicago
Second (and likely last) in a series
By Ben Timberlake
Love em if you got em. The Chicago area has been my home for nearly six years ever since I slipped and referred to going back to school as home to my mom during winter break freshman year at Northwestern. I couldnt wait to get back and see my new friends. Those new friends, now old and good friends, have been joined by many others. Theyre the hardest thing to say goodbye to.
It will be difficult not having access to good cinema, hip bookstores, kick-ass music shows, and an international buffet of restaurants. But most of all, I will miss my friends when I leave Chicago.
I realized a few years ago the appeal of remaining in one place especially a small town all ones life. Even when youre going to something good, whenever you leave someplace, youre always leaving good people and thats never easy.
Ill miss you. Ill miss the jokes weve kept running far too long. Ill miss the deep late-night conversations in cars. Ill miss meeting up for a beer. Ill miss hugging you. But well both have good things to look forward to and maybe its better to look forward than back.
No, lets keep looking back for a second. Let me look back to thank you. Thank you for keeping me in line. Thanks for supporting me. Thanks for making me laugh. Thanks for making me laugh so hard I cry. Thanks for being so nice to me that I cry. Thank you for letting me trust you. Thank you for understanding. Thank you for letting me sleep on your couch. Thank you for not yelling at me. Thank you for not running in horror sometimes. Thank you for making me better. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
When I think of my friends, I think of myself standing as part of a big circle of people thats joined with other circles. I can see all my friends faces and I think how lucky I am to have each of them as a friend. Its easy to think that youll find good people anywhere and maybe thats true. But I cant help feel that I blindly stumbled into an incredible network of people that just couldnt be duplicated.
Sometimes my friends have frustrate me. Its inevitable. Almost all of my friends have frustrated me at one time or another, as I am so very sure I have frustrated them. Its a sign of meaning that they should. I regret not loving them more at those moments and I regret even more so those times when Ive let it show. Please remember it only got to me because youve meant so much to me.
The choice to leave has made me remember to love my friends because though friendship endures, proximity is ephemeral. So love your friends. Love them if youve got dozens or only one. Pick them up, treat them well. Tell them you love them. Love your friends as much as you hope they love you.
When we come back, we will kick off with our first visual/textual piece by a mysterious character who calls himself Little Man. Expect this in the first week of September.
Past pieces presented by Baja Phats
by Stefanie DeLuca
My Imminent Departure from Chicago by Ben Timberlake
A Guide To Winning at Ms. Pac-Man and, thus, at Life by Secho
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