One of the saddest part of living abroad as an expat is saying goodbye to friends. New friends that we have met here and have forged friendships with over the years, eventually becoming close as family.
They're the ones we share good times with and whom we run to when we face dilemmas. Mostly situations they sometimes understand more than our friends and family back home, because they go through the same problems we do, living in the same environment.
As for me, not having parents or family in Dubai to give guidance and help as a new parent, I seek advice from expat friends in raising my baby. They offer answers to questions after a quick phone call or text. They even help to look after her sometimes, since I don't have a nanny, during those times I need to run an emergency errand where I can't take her with me.
Sadly, as of late, three friends left Dubai consecutively for good. One of them moved back to Shanghai for work closer to her hometown, the second relocated to Atlanta, Georgia for a job opportunity and another, bidding Dubai farewell this weekend to go back to the Philippines to start a business.
These are really close friends that I definitely miss. I realize there's no foolproof against parting ways when expat friends move on. Seeing them leave is much harder than the other way around. Keeping in touch through email, social media, skype and even snail mail for updates is in my agenda. Hopefully, we could plan trips where they are so I could see them again someday.
The only way is to learn how to cope with the change and accept that the time comes we all have to separate. No matter how fleeting it may seem, we will always be friends wherever we are in the world.
Do you remember any goodbye memory with a dear friend?
How was it? How did you keep in touch?
Wishing you a great weekend!
Love & light,