I honestly can’t remember the last time something as harmless and well-meaning as a simple farewell elicited so many emotions from me all at once.

Former Blackhawk and current Carolina Hurricanes starting netminder Scott Darling took to The Player’s Tribune to issue a formal goodbye to his beloved hometown of Chicago and what ensues is a roller coaster of bittersweet and monumentally inspiring emotion.

You can read Darling’s touching story here.

As Darling reminds us all, there’s always sunshine lurking behind even the most ominous of clouds. He’s living proof that there exists no obstacle that can’t be overcome.