Now that I am more mature (even than I was six years ago), I look forward to learning more from his legacy of thought, and to getting to know him as, you might say, an individual, now that he has (presumably) attained heaven and realized the fullness of who God made him to be.* I will say, though, that what I hope is most firmly rooted within my soul is something he preached throughout his pontificate. Something I find myself needing to hear and know and believe more often now than I did in college, or perhaps even six years ago...
Do not be afraid.
Blessed John Paul II, pray for us!
*May God one day grant me that merciful and glorious fate!