25.10.2012 - 25.10.2012
There is no doubt that I am currently on one of the most exciting journeys of my life. I get up every morning in a different country than my own and the one major thing on my list of "things to do" is explore! Everyday I am so fortunate to see many beautiful and interesting things, I am truly living an experience that I will carry with me forever.
Throughout this journey I am also lucky to meet so many new people. With some I have short encounters but with others we click instantly and end up spending a lot of time together. Here lies the difficult part of traveling... Because I am traveling on my own, I do tend to get pretty close with some of my friends here. We spend hours together, we get lost together, experience amazing things together... And then with a blink of an eye we go our separate ways and we are left feeling a bit sad wondering if we will ever see each other again.
I woke up the other morning with that same "sad" feeling that I'm getting quite familiar with by this point.
A new friend I had made here in Bangkok had to take a taxi to the airport very early in the morning. We both fell asleep without realizing that we should say bye. As I was getting up I noticed that her bed was empty and all of her belongings were gone. ....Again I had that sort of empty feeling inside.
But as I got out of bed I noticed that she had left me a little note on my backpack. It was short and sweet but it was perfect. Getting a note like this is nice because it makes you feel that your interaction with this person was also beneficial to them and they thought it deserved to be acknowledged. I think I sometimes underestimate the power of a note... It is a small but highly effective gesture.
Now of course I was still sad to see her go... But the note actually helped me with the process.
And soon there will be more new friends on this journey and
the whole cycle will restart. Maybe i'll be the one leaving a note next time...
And On that note (no pun intended) I encourage you to leave someone a hand written note....