I have the best friends in the world. Fact.
In just under three months I will be on a plane, moving half way across the world to live, and work, for an entire year in Australia. (For those not in the know, I applied for a teaching exchange and completely lucked out and was placed back in the area I was located almost two years ago.) When I was applying, I was thinking only of myself. I missed the country so much and ached for the weather and the views I had fallen in love with so deeply. I wasn’t putting much thought into anything other than how much I wanted to go back. I knew I’d be leaving family and friends for a year but it seemed like no big deal…what an idiot I am…
I was reminded today that my adventure is not all about me. I am leaving behind so many amazing people and so much love. My life is incredibly blessed with wonderful individuals who I have the honour to call my friends.
I’ve been feeling poorly for quite some time…the longest I can ever remember. I was out running some errands and when I got home there was a sweet little care package waiting on my doorstep from one of my closest friends and her two little ones. It was full of everything one would need when sick…soup, magazines and of course a tasty yummy treat…but more importantly it was full of love.
I’m just realizing now how hard being away from my friends will be. I might not get to see every one of them as much as I wish I could (different careers, living in different cities…etc) but they are always close by. Not having a girls night in or a Sunday brunch with my favourite people for an entire year is fully setting in. The last time I went over to Oz I was gone for only six months and my Frister and I couldn’t stop crying when we were reunited….I realize now that my friends will miss me just as much as I will miss them and I feel badly for putting them in that position….but I know that regardless of the miles, and hours, between us they will be held close in my heart and only a Skype call away!
Thank you to each and every one of you who have supported, and tolerated, my craziness for as long as you have known me. I couldn’t be as adventurous as I am without the safety net of love and support I get from all of you.
Love and huge, HUGE, hugs.