Last night’s farewell party for friends of ours made me reflect on the connections we make. The moments we venture out on new journeys, not knowing what and who will wait for us.
It made me think about how we meet and start chatting and in doing so open the door for a potential new friendship. How, in that brief moment we decide to start this conversation, we bring children, parents, families and maybe even countries closer together.
Sometimes those people stay close, sometimes they leave. In an emotional but also geographical way. A friendship, if strong enough, can endure distance. In our case the distance will be only geographically as I believe they are friends for a lifetime.
When friends leave, it always leaves a gap. And it’s up to us what we make of it. Although staying in touch is theoretically easy, it still might be tricky as the people who move will have to settle down and fit in again, which takes time and energy.
If we stay open we might make a new connection, waiting for us somewhere around the next corner. Ready to fill the gap left behind. A new connection that might lead to a new friendship. A friendship that will not replace the old one but somehow make that gap smaller.
It’s our decision now to open up our heart to new connections, to new friendship. Seeing friends go might hurt in the moment, but in the long run it will always be worth having made this connection. The friendships that are meant to last will last.
Farewell. Goodbye. Until we see you again!