kill em' with kindness.

I was within and without. Simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.

—Nick Carraway, The Great Gatsby

You know, whenever I left Augie for a break I always felt like I was forgetting something. Every time. Now leaving Augie for the final time I still have that feeling. Because I am leaving something. We all are. Those memories rooted in that campus. The times of growth, change, and self-discovery. Your very presence and impact on the school and those around you is left there. But it’s a good thing. I’ve been so blessed to have had the opportunity to call Augustana home these past four years that leaving seems like temporary and unreal. There is not a better place that I would have chosen to spend my time. I learned so much about myself and the world around me that I feel like a fresh, new person. To all the administation, professors, friends, strangers, townies, and family who made the experience life-changing: thank you.

—Brian Hyland (via ksimmons49)

your energy and positive spirit has always reminded me to love life and live it well. you are a rare friend and i will forever be thankful to know you.  i appreciate all you do for others.  you are an outstanding human being, simmy. much love to ya

your energy and positive spirit has always reminded me to love life and live it well. you are a rare friend and i will forever be thankful to know you.  i appreciate all you do for others.  you are an outstanding human being, simmy. much love to ya

"What makes you happiest?…" For now, I’ve realized the answer is change. As I go through life, I’m sure this answer will change (how ironic). Change is bittersweet, but it is so much sweeter than bitter. Change is unexpected, and the unexpected is exciting, refreshing, and creates a genuine happiness in me and I think you and countless others. How fortunate are we that our lives are able to go in so many different directions. We are able to meet people that challenge every thought we’ve ever known. We take these interactions and bits of conversation from people, digest and reflect upon them, and something in us changes with it. We are able to travel to different parts of the world and learn about as many different cultures and places as we want. The world is our playground, and I know I will be happiest when I get to play all over it. So many of us have no idea what we’re doing next year or where we will be in the next 5, 10, 20 plus years. Super scary right. But also so empowering and exciting. We all have the ability to do big things and become people we never thought we could.”