A (very much simplified) Year in Review
As much as we all hate to think about it, our year is rapidly coming to a close. I have no words to describe this year and the special people I shared it with. So, instead of using my own words I am going to borrow some words to look back our year. (Click on the lyrics to hear the whole song)
“Getting to know you, getting to know all about you. Getting to like you, getting to hope you like me.”
Moving into a house with eight people I knew pretty much nothing about was certainly a nerve racking experience. Not only was I supposed to coexist with these people… I was actually supposed to be friends with them. It turns out, this was much easier than I anticipated. From orientation week until now our group has just clicked. I never thought that I could enjoy sitting around with a group of people asking them random questions about their lives for hours at a time. I am so unbelievably lucky to have had the opportunity to get to know eight such wonderful people.
… or 10-6, or 7-3. We all started to get settled into our jobs and work out a routine. Each night we would come home from work and share our stories from the day. We began to recognize names of coworkers, clients, and students and started to become more and more invested in each other’s work. Whenever we had the opportunity we would volunteer at fundraisers for each other’s service sites. It was fun to have the opportunity to meet people we had heard so much about and who mean so much to our community members.
This winter was certainly long and cold! However, for us it was anything but lonely. As hard as the snow was to deal with and as annoying as it was to be trapped inside for days at a time, it was much easier to go through together than if we had been living on our own. It was definitely easier to shovel out a parking lots worth of snow in front of our van together than it would have been for one person! We tried to make the best of our situation and have fun through it all. We enacted our “snuggle clause” to do our best to keep our house warm and cozy. Despite making the best of the situation, we were all happy to see the sun and warm weather coming around the corner.
As time went on, many of us were given more responsibilities at work. This lead to more stress and sometimes made it more difficult to go into work ready to give it our all. Whenever someone had trouble at work or needed to bounce ideas off of people the community was there. We would help each other to come up with solutions to difficulties at work and if that wasn’t successful… someone was always ready to do something stupid and funny to distract us. I think all of us became more grateful for our community when we thought about the possibility of coming home to an empty apartment at the end of our workday.
“In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die. Where you invest your love, you invest your life.”
WE WENT TO A MUMFORD AND SONS CONCERT!!!!! (but I promise that isn’t the only reason this song is here) This year we committed ourselves completely to service and community. It would have been easy for us to look at this opportunity as a first job and as nothing more. I know that I will look back on this year as one of the greatest times of my life. The people I have met and the opportunities I have had are invaluable. Had we not invested all of ourselves into this year we would not have been able to receive and grow nearly as much as we did. I think we all feel that we have friends in the Brockton community and that this city will always be a part of who we are.
I have made eight of the most wonderful friends imaginable this year. As we all prepare to go our separate ways I want each and every one of them to know how much they mean to me. We have leaned on each other so much this year and I truly believe that does not stop here. Some of us are moving home, some are moving away, and some of us are going to be staying in or around Brockton. No matter where our journey takes us I know that I can count on any of my community members for love and support whether they are near or far.
Annie, Christina, Dan, Devin, Lauren, Lisa, Lucas, and Sean,
thank you for the most wonderful year. I love you all!