Full disclosure: I don’t like roller coasters. Unfortunate, since this past year was a bit of an unexpected roller coaster ride. The highlights included graduating and visiting some of the world’s most beautiful countries and cities – including Iceland, NYC, Barcelona, Istanbul, Cologne, Ghent, Maastricht, Valkenburg, London and Cardiff. I’ll have to cover the other places next year, and I also hope to expand my repertoire :).
As with every roller coaster, your stomach drops, your heart leaps to the back of your head, and the wind is taken out of you. This year was a massive eye opener regarding friends, friendships and virtual friendships. I do believe that people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Unfortunately, when you move around a lot or are abroad (both cases apply to me), often people are only in your life for a season. Sometimes you miscalculate and think that people will be there for a lifetime, but then they show you that’s not their intention.
Sometimes people come back into your life for another season, which can lead to a lifetime. I was fortunate enough to reconnect with three old friends – one in Turkey, London and the Netherlands. There’s nothing like creating new memories with old friends. I think it actually makes the renewed bond stronger.
Now it’s almost time for 2014. I’ve named this post accordingly using the Dutch word for hello. I just relocated to Amsterdam for a new position, new life and new start. I’ve cleaned up my digital footprint and reduced my Facebook connections to people who actually keep in touch. Even though I’m an advocate of social media, I don’t necessarily believe in over-sharing.
The timing is absolutely appropriate. Isn’t that what each new year is for? An opportunity to start over and face the future fresh. I hope you will join me on my new adventures in Amsterdam! Happy New Year, guys!