On Saturday, a dear friend of mine left Australia to go back to China, to spend time with her family and try out a new job she was offered over there.
It made me think of how hard it is to part with the people you love. You know how much you’re going to miss each other, but at the same time it’s kind of bittersweet, because most times the one who’s leaving is leaving for a new adventure – a change that can be very exciting and evolving. It’s a new chapter in someone’s life.
And change isn’t bad, it just means that we have to adjust. And what do we really do better than adjust?
Saying goodbye is one of the hardest things to do – especially when you are the one leaving. I’ve dealt several times with the guilt of leaving people behind – I know I’m doing something for myself, something that I want, but that makes it somehow even harder to leave, because you feel bad for it.
But remember that this is your life and your experiences and you need to make the most of the time that you have here. And sometimes that means leaving people for some time.
Always know, though, that the people you are leaving will be OK, just like you will. They are on their own path in life, writing their new chapters as you are writing yours.
Sure, it’s hard when you’re crying so much that you can hardly get the last glimpse of them as you go, but you will (usually) see each other again. And if not, at least you got the time together that you had.
To me, there’s something so intriguing about change – something very beautiful – and it is undoubtedly part of our lives. It really is inevitable. Change means going on an adventure where you most times have no clue of how things are going to work out – and yet, you’re willing and so keen to try it.
I mean, how cool and brave is that?!
So always be open to change. Always take the road that your gut is pushing you. Always try new things, even when it scares you. Change means transformation, and that transformation will lead to a new and stronger you.
My friend Cherry might come back to Australia – or she might decide to stay in China. And isn’t it the beauty of the unknown that makes life so interesting and fun to experience?
Plus, when you’ve been apart for some time, the reunion that is bound to happen at some stage is totally worth it. I can’t wait to see all my family and friends back in Sweden one day. But I’m also so grateful that life took me to Australia to meet all the beautiful people I’ve met here.
I know I will see Cherry again one day. Maybe in Australia, maybe in China, maybe in France… Only the future will tell, and I’m excited to see where both of us will be standing then…
How do you feel about change? What is the hardest part about it? And what makes you do it anyway? Share in the comments! 🙂