I have known my dear friend Emily for my whole life, since I can remember about myself.
She kind of always wanted to go abroad. Partly for the overall experience of living away from her safety net in life – family and friends and for new challenges in life.
Things get tougher when you get a good paid job in a well known bank.
But she never stopped dreaming.
And one day she has made the decision that she was going to take the chance and leave everything behind. She found postgraduate studies in Switzerland.
She quit her job in a month and when we met she had a lot to talk about the whole process from initial idea for this particular situation until the final realization. I can say she was damn happy for this new thing going on in her life.
My friends and I prepared a special surprise for her farewell party. A gift that will remind her of us and our friendship while she’s away.
She was supposed to leave in ten days from now.
I had my coffee break today with mutual friend and he said that she left earlier than expected for some reason… I hoped he was wrong… but he wasn’t.
I got a message from Emily after I tried to reach her on the phone and she confirmed – she was already THERE, no goodbye, no nothing. Thinking of seeing her last time (more than a month ago) was so painful to me, we left so many things unsaid…
I felt lonely for a moment.
God knows how she felt having to write her goodbyes via SMS, feeling sorry that she couldn’t find time for proper goodbye with us and that her schedule changed.
I realized that sharing time and thoughts with her would be fictional for at least two years. And who knows what would happen afterwards?
Maybe we’ll leave the country too. Even if we stay, she might never return home. Our life paths took separate directions and that’s all I know for now. And that I will miss her a great time!
Emily, I wish you the best of luck in your endeavor to find happiness and fulfillment in life.
What comforts me is that people who love you and whom you love will always be in your heart no matter what. And that is what counts!