Yesterday morning, at Argonaut, our friends sprawled out on the patio sharing biscuit breakfast sandwiches, americanos, and doughnuts. It was the final "Bon Voyage!" to a couple friends we have become close to here in Leavenworth. We are so happy for them as their journey moves on towards new adventures working on the trains in Alaska this summer but it is coupled with a sadness that we may never live in the same place again. Tears started to well in my eyes as we hugged them goodbye, a "so long" to Leavenworth.
It got me thinking about all of the lives we interact with and how our lives move in and out of those relationships. Some relationships are only meant for a short time, others a lifetime. Some for a moment- just an order of coffee, others a daily brew. But all of them shape us in one way or another.
When we decided to leave Seattle, the hardest part may have been leaving all of our friends. It is difficult to leave. Part of me wanted to stay for them but it was just what we had to do. And after deciding that, staying wouldn’t have been the same either. Change is inevitable. But, I miss those daily conversations, the mundane, that in some ways bring you closer. I miss sharing the little details of friendship.
One of my friends moved to New York almost two years ago. It was a huge choice to pick up and move from a place she loved (and still loves and misses) but she is a writer and had a dream. We've had many conversations about how following your dreams doesn't mean your dreams come true and it doesn't mean it isn't difficult. There are things you just have to do. If we don't do them out of fear of failure or a desire for things to always stay the same, who do we become? Or maybe, a better question is who do we not become?
Sometimes, life begins when we say goodbye.