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the long goodbye

Note: I try to make this site useful and interesting to the general public but every so often, I just want to have a personal post. This is one such post.
I have known for a good while that many people close to me would be leaving at the end of this semester. This reality is now coming home. Tonight, the remaining roommates met to discuss the final arrangements; I say remaining as our fifth guy moved out already. In a week, we’ll all be gone.
Virtually all of the people close to me are moving on to the next stage of their lives. They will leave Austin leaving me inspired to be a better person; resolved in the knowledge that hard-working, faith-filled, intelligent, social, beautiful people exist who have nothing but a desire to see the world a better place; dedicated to figuring out who I am, who I want to be and how to keep advancing towards that.
A deep void will exist where the all-nighters, dinners, Good Stops, debates, late night 7-11 runs, weird e-mail exchanges, giving and receiving advice, Metro stops, sleeping on someone else’s floor/couch, random road trips, planning road trips that never happened and whatever else we shared over the past three years. As with all things, we’ll adapt to our new situations, but nevertheless, I will fondly remember the years I were blessed to share with all of them at The University.
I have always have trouble keeping in touch with people. I intend to examine that next year and figure out how to better myself in regards to that. People say that the friends you make in college are the friends you’ll have for life- I intend to make that a personal truth.
I still have years left at The University and so this is not a de facto new beginning for me. It is no secret, however, that I wish to be in a different place than I am now and so I want to make this a new beginning.
This is something that has been a long time coming and what better time than now? I heard two speakers this weekend who further inspired me. The first was Roy Spence, President of GSD&M advertising agency. The second was Sara Martinez Tucker, President and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. At 5:30 in the morning, I can’t recall what in their speeches called out to me, but they did. Roy Spence’s speech made me excited about graduating with a degree from the College of Communications. I didn’t graduate at all and I’ve never been a student in Communications before. Sara Martinez-Tucker’s speech helped me to realize that I lack motivation.
How to rediscover motivation? I don’t know but I’m going to find out.

By Brandon Kraft

My life is an open-source book.

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