One of those challenges is how quickly people move in and out of my life in expat living. I have to say, I have had my times of moving, and I definitely understand it! But in expat living, I seem to experience the loss in an unique way. It's like, "No! Don't go and leave me behind!"
One thing this experience has done is make me more grateful for my long-term friendships. It has also made me more in tune with maintaining connections and contact over the miles.(Technology definitely helps with this!!) I think I value these connections more today than I have at any other time in life.
As I am reflecting on a New Year, I anticipate amazing things AND I anticipate more changes...more people moving in and out of my life. So, in the midst of it all I say...
There maybe the momentary sense of loss and some level of grief BUT there will always be JOY coming around the corner if I keep my focus on the right things! Life is short...make each moment count!