Saturday was a beautiful day with clear skies and not a lot to do. It was also Heather’s last day at university and her last day in Bangor, so the remains of our little gang decided to spend it at the beach, relaxing and having a laugh.
This entry, like the last one in the Journal, is one that’s more in my head and memory than suitable for text. It was brilliant fun, we spent the day chasing balls, throwing things, playing Frisbee (meeting new people - hello Honey!), having a BBQ, swimming/paddling, and generally doing the usual beach stuff. There was also a group of students that appeared later on who stayed the night on the beach, which would have been wicked fun! The photos and video are a better record of that than my silly words.
It was fun, but tinged a little by sadness. It’s the end of an era, because it’s the end of the 2007 university year. Many people I’ve come to know through Ben (the perpetual student) are now leaving for good, to go do what they have studied so hard to do, or to take a break from studying and find out their priorities and a little about themselves. Some are staying on another year (Ben…), but Heather is one of that last to go who won’t be returning, and she’s also the person I’ve got to know best. I’ve met a lot of good people that I’m not going to see again, and I’ve met a couple of extraordinary people who I sincerely hope I will. It’s always sad when saying goodbye and the future is uncertain, but Saturday was about celebrating good times and good people, which is what made it so special.
As with all eras that end, it’s also the beginning of a new one. There’s a big world out there full of excitement, opportunities, and new things to discover. I’m sure many of my friends and people I’ve met over the last two or three years are going to have a blast with it, and for myself and Ben - come the end of summer there will be new people to meet, and new friends to make.
Here’s to good friends, good times, and an exciting future for all. *raises a glass*
Video (and commentary) for the above by Ben Walker.