Day 148: Bittersweet goodbyes

“We don’t meet people by accident. They are meant to cross our paths for a reason.”

Today was my co-worker friend’s last day at work. An opportunity unexpectedly fell into his lap and he seized it. He came to our organization on a mat leave contract and I was expecting him to be around for another four months. I was robbed!!!

But no, seriously, I’m truly happy for him as this is a great opportunity and he deserves it. Before he accepted the position, he told me about it and asked my opinion. As much as I wanted to tell him to stay, I told him, “It’s a no-brainer. You have to take it!” He’s too bright, too hard-working and too over-qualified to stay in his current role. We wouldn’t have been able to keep him for long; he’s meant for greater things.

I really think people come into our lives for a reason and sometimes they move on once they’ve fulfilled their purpose. It doesn’t mean they are gone from our lives forever but rather have impacted our lives in some meaningful way – good or bad. Whether it be to teach us a hard lesson or to help us through a difficult time, I believe that some people are meant to cross our paths. As much as he doesn’t believe in fate or destiny and likes to find a logical explanation for everything, I think some things cannot be explained.

We both went through similar life experiences this past year and I don’t think I could have gotten to this moment without him. I would probably be in a worse state of mind right now. He provided a lot of moral support, told me all kinds of ridiculously outrageous stories, went on post-lunch walks with me (even though he hates the heat), ate a TON of ice cream and was always present (maybe this is because he had to show up for work everyday and he did sit right next to me so he had no choice…).

There have been many people who have been there for me (and I appreciate all of you!) but because of circumstance, he was physically there everyday and that helped – a lot. So maybe, fate brought him into my life to help me get through this tough period and who knows, maybe I was able to help him get through his days/difficulties too? Plus, it’s really hard to get caught up in your own head when there’s someone flicking rubber bands at you… there’s no better way to bring you back to the present 😛

Sometimes people blow into our lives like the wind and are gone before we can blink (nine months can be considered a blink of an eye, right?).

That’s what this feels like.

However, even though today was his last day at work, I don’t think it’s really goodbye – more like an I’ll see you later. I’m sure we will see each other again and hopefully, this is the start of a lifelong friendship.

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