Not fully in one world or the other. I’m still working and living in Canada and probably have 4 months before I move to India. My excitement is tempered by the amount of work that needs to be done and the goodbyes that I face.
I look at all of the friendships I have made over the past years with fresh eyes. I’m not sure where we’ll be moving to when we leave India so it is possible that there are many people I will never see again.
The pretty girl behind the counter at my favorite soup counter, you know the one with the beautiful smile and the sparkly eyes. She makes her own jewelry and we’ve had some wonderful and short philosophical discussions. I wonder if 3 years from now whether she’ll have her own store front shop. I wonder but I won’t know.
I’ll miss waving to the neighbor who runs the daycare center down the street and happily is doing well and recovering from cancer. Her tiny charges go for long walks each day. They get very excited when they see my dog Booker and the hugs they give him are returned with puppy kisses. When we have one of those accidental encounters I smile for the whole day!
My hairdresser whom I trust with both my secrets and my hair, the faces I see when I go to my networking events, the familiar friendly smiles, I’ll miss them all.
The friends that I share my happiest moments and crazed regrets are who I will miss the most. I’m fortunate that my husband is my best friend but my girlfriends are irreplaceable and the give and share of support has made the last few years very rich. I’m really happy that I have the next 3 or 4 months to appreciate them and show that I do.
Some friendships I know will fall away but I’m hoping that many can be nurtured through facebook, skype and email. Social media has made the world smaller and I’m happy for that.
It shouldn’t take a move half way around the world to appreciate your friends. You can do it just because. How about you?