My Favorite Farewell


Do you say “goodbye” upon leaving a social gathering? If so (or even if not), I implore you to reconsider your farewell address. I prefer “I’ll catch you later”. Here’s why:

“I’ll Catch You Later”

I often say, “I’ll catch you later”, upon parting with friends. While seemingly unimportant, this statement truly matters to me.

I say this because it’s colloquially accepted, but also for its dual meaning.

In this farewell, I acknowledge intent to regroup with my colleagues at some later point, as well as my will to assist them when necessary.

Not only do I plan to meet with them again, but also to look out for them. I think this epitomizes a benchmark for human care.

Your best friends are those that go beyond merely “passing time” with you. True comrades will go out of their way, acting to your benefit unnecessarily, because they want to.

Friends worth having can provide critical feedback when called for. They will check you when you step out of line; saving you trouble and ensuring your best interest.

Yet, friends also comfort you when you are in need; acting as a shoulder to cry on when called for. These actions constitute the deeper meaning implied by “catch you later”. They speak to friendship’s role in sustaining the individual.

Indeed, research demonstrates lower mortality rates and better health among better socialized adults, likely due to behavioral, psychological, and physiological interactions. As such, it seems like friends actually “catch you”, perhaps delaying your death.


In conclusion, “I’ll catch you later” beautifully captures critical aspects of friendship, highlighting friends’ inclination to pass time together and look out for one another. Friendships may improve health, thus they are worth maintaining.