Saying goodbye

Goodbye…

Auf Wiedersehen…

Arrivederci…

Selamat tinggal…

Au Revoir…

Tot weerziens…

Ciao…

There are a thousand ways to say it, but you never get accustomed to it. The feelings that accompany these words are hard to describe… To leave a well-known part of your life behind to jump into the unknown… Or leaving beloved and cherished people behind to discover new horizons…  Such choices always get accompanied with a wide range of feelings and impressions. There is happiness, excitement, curiosity, regret, sorrow… Almost every single feeling is possible.

But ending a cycle causes fear. What will come to me? How will I do it? What will happen? The harder we try to delay the goodbye, the more persistent it becomes, simply because of its nature… Everything that starts, needs sooner or later a finish. That is inherent to creation.

The holy Trinity in hinduism illustrates this process clearly. First comes Brahma, the creator… Followed by Vishnu, the preserver and finally you meet Shiva, the destroyer. It is only by ending the cycle that a new one can grow. But Shiva is fearful… He finishes things. For me too many people focus only on that destroying aspect of him, they forget to look behind. They see the night, but forget the dawn. When Shiva has destroyed, there is empty space to fill. There is room for something new. Old bonds are rearranged and give room for improvement. There is movement. There is life, not only dead.

The decision to make a world trip, is one of many goodbyes. The last couple of weeks a whole number of events came along in which we finished ongoing cycles. We just worked towards the vacuum in which we dwell now… The calm before the storm. The old way of living is finished, the new one not yet begun. We travel in a no-mans-land.

But soon all will change… We look forward to it. And go for lots of pleasure during our trip. But before we leave, we wanted to say goodbye to many of you… So we organized a small party last weekend, from which you can see some pictures below. Many friends came along to greet us and wish us success for the next couple of months. We enjoyed their company and wants to thank all of them for being part of it.

The ones who weren’t part of it, we want to thank this way for the many encouraging words we received the last months. Finally the adventure begins. And yes, according to all your good advices we’ll take care of ourselves and each other.

And for now… Goodbye. See ya soon.