An era of my life is coming to an end very soon now.  On Saturday August 12th I will get into my car and drive away from St. John’s College, UBC, Vancouver, and many of the best friends I’ve made in my life.  On any other day I might be getting into my car to go pick up some groceries.  But this time I’ll just keep driving east.  My life is about to change dramatically and it still hasn’t sunk in yet.  My friends pulled a surprise farewell party for me last night.  I’ve been to a lot of farewell parties since arriving at SJC, and it seemed surreal to me that my turn has come already.  A good friend of mine told me last night that when you move into SJC they don’t tell you that you’ll have to say goodbye one day.  He thinks it should be in the pamphlet.  I agree. 

A number of former Johanneans, some of whom are already scattered across the planet, have told me that the time they spent at SJC was the best time of their lives.  I feel the same way.  I have enjoyed myself everywhere I’ve lived, but I wouldn’t trade the time I spent at SJC for anything.  It is tough to leave, but at the same time I am looking forward to the next adventure.  I hope to return to Vancouver one day to either do a residency or practice medicine, but that is still up in the air.  And even if I do return, it will be a completely different experience because most people will have moved on, both geographically and in the stage of their lives. 

There are a lot of things that I don’t know about the next stages of my life.  Where will I live?  Who will I meet?  What kind of medicine will I practice?  But one thing I do know is that my SJC friends (and you know who you are) will always be welcome, wherever I end up.

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