“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”
― Bob Marley
Thank you for sticking by these past 3 years. You are the only bunch who stood by me when I am peeved or irritated and still come back for me. You give me space when I want to be alone. You allow me to bloom and be myself. You celebrate my existence and make me happy to have you. I see us growing old together already.
Thank you for this last meal despite feeling all drained from your flight back. Thank you for arranging this meet despite your tight schedule.
And to my parents & sis who will miss me dearly, sorry for the additional stress you have to take on because your daughter is taking on the world on her own for the first time.
And to my friends whom have come all the way to send me off, I appreciate this farewell gesture and I hope only that I not shed a tear.
Can’t wait to write letters to home;
To celebrate my first New Year’s overseas and in PARIS;
To taste croissants from Parisian cafés;
To make friends from across the globe;
To capture the beauty of Europe through my lens;
To fulfil my dream from the moment I entered the world (aka after JC).
Goodbye folks in Singapore. I’ll be back in 6 months/ never.
I’m going to board my plane at this moment and I miss you already.