Someone wise once said that intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. That person was the late Prof Stephen Hawking. The same person whose “when there is life there is hope” helped me through a major transition in life.

Transitions are hard. Because we are again disrupting a familiar rhythm, habits we have become accustomed to like rituals, places and people we know – and we have to start all over again. Even coming back after a while can feel estranging. Are we supposed to step back into the life we knew as if nothing has changed while we are no longer the same person? Would it not be a lot easier to follow the wind instead, see where life takes us?

What I’ve learnt from my adventure is that I have come to accept that it’s ok that I don’t always know everything. I don’t have to have an answer to everything for everyone. A good friend helped me to understanding this. Now I have another friend in another country. Like it’s not hard enough already maintaining my existing overseas relationships…

What can I say? We go through phases in our lives and we are blessed to meet and to connect with different people. We are blessed that our lives aren’t limited within the territory of a confined border. Blessed to live like a Global Citizen – with the inevitable meetings and partings associated with this lifestyle.

Another source of wisdom once wrote: “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” I think that was from Winnie the Pooh.

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