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Saying goodbye

posted in personal stuff on June 1st, 2008

During the last week, I had a couple of meet-ups with friends and a tutor of mine in order to tie up loose ends and say goodbye in person to a

During the last week, I have had a couple of meet-ups with friends and a tutor of mine in order to tie up some loose ends and basically just say goodbye in person to those friends I will be missing the most.

While nobody cried (as far as I know), saying goodbye somehow never gets easier; thanks to the Internet, we will all be staying in touch of course, but nonetheless, not seeing your friends for an extended period of time does carry some emotional weight.

That said, a few friends of mine had a couple of really nice gifts for me; one of them being a picture frame with a touching selection of photographs and Jack even had a little speech prepared in order to prepare me for the trip; touching to say the least.

I also had the good fortune of being able to dine with a few friends of mine and talk about the past, present and future, my ambitions for New York and how I think it all will go. Very self-centered, but that is what goodbye-parties / dinners are mostly about, if you ask me.

One thing I realized remembered this week is how important and great friends can be and by friends, I do not mean contacts, but rather: real friends, those that will back you up, no matter what you set out to do and will try to support you to the best of their abilities.

One more thing I realized is that it is all about having the right friends and I think the best way to put it is to quote Nate’s grandpa:

If you go through life and can count on 5 good friends then you can consider yourself a lucky man.

And boy do I know that this is true, because friendship is not about the amount of friends you have, but about the quality of the relationship you have with your friends, it is about how intense it is and how intense you can make it.

That said, it is time for me to get some more packing done, because at this point, the countdown is at less than 48 hours and I am really excited to get to New York and start working with Pak-Kei.



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  1. Nate said, on June 3rd, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Farewells can be really tough, but it sounds like you had a great time doing it. However, I am glad to welcome you to my home country. I will unfortunately be over 2,000 miles away when you are here, but that’s a small detail.

  2. Nate said, on June 3rd, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    I forgot to mention thanks for quoting the wisdom of my grandpa! He told me that once and it has stuck with me for two decades and counting.

  3. Kerim Satirli said, on June 4th, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks Nate, If we managed to overcome the first 3,000 miles, we will probably find a way to deal with the remaining 2,000 miles too ;-)

    And yeah, I had an awesome time!