We’ll meet again someday

I’ve had friends who’ve been abroad for long periods of time. Few friends spent time in UK for ½ year each. And then in Peru too. And a friend was in France for a year, studying. I saw her only once during that year, when she visited Finland during the winter break. Now she’s been back in Finland since late spring and it feels like she was never gone. The year went by so fast – and nothing really changed during her absence. Today it was time to say goodbye to another one. Someone who I didn’t even know a year ago.

Actually, thanks to him. I’ve woken up from this “hybernation” that seems to be affecting all adults. Instead of thinking about graduation (from Uni) as “the end of my life” (a.k.a starting the long lasting working life) I’ve got a thousand other plans. I’m going to live my life and explore the world. Full-time office work (as an IT professional) can wait for a little longer.

Like with everyone in my life who are “going away”, I just think: maybe we’ll meet again. Maybe too much has changed when we do. Or maybe everything carries on as we were never apart.

Ascend may you find no resistance
Know that you made such a difference
All you leave behind will live to the end
The cycle of suffering goes on
But memories of you stay strong
Someday I too will fly and find you again

-Blackbird by Alter Bridge

Have you ever “said goodbye” to someone leaving (for college/another country etc.)?
What song is your #1 song to listen to at the moment :)?

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38 Responses to “We’ll meet again someday”

  1. Vicky says:

    It’s a shame that a lot of your friends have gone away; it’s always sad when they go since you never know if you’ll continue your friendship.

    I think that’s a great decision though; you go and explore the world, you won’t regret it!

    Have you ever “said goodbye” to someone leaving (for college/another country etc.)?
    - Fortunately no; none of my friends have gone aboard to study.
    What song is your #1 song to listen to at the moment :)?
    - Ooo tough one. I think Glory by Hollywood Undead; I love that song so much. xD

  2. ida says:

    i’m sorry to hear your friends have flown abroad to study. i’m sure it’s an experience for life though, and i know i would’ve taken the opportunity to do so if i could. i think a strong friendship can live through anything, and it’s always nice to hear all the stories of what they’ve seen and done while they where away! :D

    i have said goodbye to some of my friends leaving the country to study abroad, but they weren’t that close to me. it was sad though.

    and my favourite song atm must be lego house by ed sheeran, it’s on replay every day!

  3. Kristi says:

    Saying goodbye is always hard to do. :( Over the past year so many of my friends left my school, and this year I find school to be a very dull experience. My favorite song of the moment is Vaporize by Broken Bells :D It was Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People for a very long time though. I don’t know what it is about that song xD
    I love that graphic! Did you make it? I will most certainly wish big on 11/11/11 at 11:11 :D

  4. Stephanie says:

    It is probably hard to see all your friends go out to interesting places and not get to go yourself, and I’m happy for them. They probably learned a lot. But soon, it’ll be your turn, and you can learn things from going abroad too. You’ll probably lose touch a little bit, but I’m sure that you’ll still probably meet again somewhere.

    As for myself, I was the one that left the eastern US for California. It was the right decision, and I definitely don’t regret it, and I will never regret it, but I am more distant from my high school friends because of it.

  5. Ellie says:

    Hello :) Just would like to introduce myself, I stumbled upon your blog from Stephanie’s (flutyocarina.net) and this post made me stop and think. I’m the other side of your story – I’ve just recently come back from travelling overseas and I completely agree that nothing changed in my absence. I KNOW you’ll run into your old friends who are moving away. The world’s not as big a place as it used to be, and you’re still young. Who knows what will happen, right? I’m a firm believer of meeting people for special reasons, and it doesn’t matter how brief or how long the acquaintance, if they touched your life then they’ll always have a special place in it. :)

    As for the song that’s my current #1, it’s got to be Drumming Song by Florence + The Machine.

  6. BEBE says:

    Aww.. I have a friend who’s abroad too.. and I miss her so badly… :-/

    Have you ever “said goodbye” to someone leaving (for college/another country etc.)? Yes I did said goodbye to her.. and I even escorted her to the airport.. it was really heart breaking though.. :-/

    What song is your #1 song to listen to at the moment :)?
    Friends Forever by Vitamin C. :)

  7. Shiki says:

    Even though I think IT related jobs are interesting, exploring the world is far more interesting! If only I’m not a college student and is free with a lot of cash, I’m gonna travel around the world too, it’d be exciting.

    I never really say goodbye to anyone. I’m not good with goodbyes; saying it makes me feel awkward. so whenever someone leaves to other countries or something like that, all I do is..basically ignore them. besides, I think of it like this : “we have emails,chats and stuff so it won’t really be a total goodbye.” hehe.
    as for my number one song in my list right now; I think it’s simple plan’s astronaut :)

  8. I think the same way you do, that maybe we’ll meet again someday. Well, actually, most of the people I’ve said “goodbye” to, we end up meeting again at some point in the future, haha. But yeah, who knows what happens in the future.

    As for my #1 song right now? “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” by Kelly Clarkson, haha. I love the tempo of the song, wakes me up when I’m working, haha.

  9. Jen says:

    Oh, I have friends who are 6752342464563435 miles away from me. Every time I remember our silly whatnots, I suddenly miss them. :(

    Have you ever “said goodbye” to someone leaving (for college/another country etc.)?
    - Yes, and it’s really painful. I just have to do it because they have to leave (and in same way, I have to leave too). But hey, people just come and go. I hope we’ll see each other again.

    What song is your #1 song to listen to at the moment :)?
    - I wanted you by Inah. :P I really don’t know why, but I’ve been replay that song for the past two days. :P

  10. WYONA says:

    Well, I guess goodbyes really is a part of life. People change, things happen so that you’ll learn how to let go right?
    Yes, I have friends (childhood) who are living in the other part of the world. And even though we just met for only a few hours, the 5 years they’re gone was already nothing.
    When they left, I used to listen to a japanese song, Dakishimetai by Jungle Smile. The song goes like, “before you go, can I hug you one last time.” :) something like that.

  11. Amanda says:

    It’s always so sad when we have to say goodbye to people :/ I’m glad though that your friend helped you gain a new outlook on life. We’re young, we should enjoy it as much as possible :D

    Have you ever “said goodbye” to someone leaving (for college/another country etc.)?
    Yup! 2 of my good friends moved to different parts of the country. One of my other friends is in France for 2 years. The worst part about it is that he’s not allowed to contact anyone (via computer/phone) except for his family on 2 occasions. :/
    What song is your #1 song to listen to at the moment :)?
    Hmmm, that’s a tough one. But I think I’ll say Hello Cold World by Paramore (I also loveee their other new song Renegade):D

  12. Michelle says:

    Reading the post reminds me of how I am constantly meeting new people and saying goodbye to others. It can be really hard, but it is also life and sadly something that needs to be accepted as much as we do not want to.

    If I had the option like you to travel the world, I would. Even if I could just travel more of the African continent. They say when you travel out of your home town, you find and better understand ourself. I think you are making a great choice – the comforts of a stable job will always be around to come back to.

    I’ve had to say goodbye to many friends who have left for overseas. One of my friends moved cities though in primary school, when she came back in high school we tried to be friends again but it failed… which was weird because we were best friends in primary school :/
    I always listen to ‘How To Save a Life’ by The Fray… it helps a lot, but that’s mainly dedicated to one friend (who I blogged about recently) – she didn’t move away but we had a fall out…seems like she has gone away forever though…

  13. tina says:

    oh i hate saying goodbye :(
    when i was 14, i had to move to my dad, go to another school, etc. i had to say goodbye to all of my dear friends, and with most of them i lost contact..

  14. Jenny says:

    I had to say goodbye to a lot of classmates, but I’ve never gotten to a point where I’m that close with somebody, so it was not that hard.

    With all the technologies available now, it’ll be as if they were never gone. Sure, they won’t be physically there, but at least you can still see them and chat with them.

    Right now, I like the song ‘Criminal’ by Britney Spears. :)

  15. Marjorie says:

    I’ve always thought it was exciting to see where everyone ends up going. I love keeping up with old friends and seeing where they’ve ended up and what’s going on in their lives! I’m one of those people who moved after graduation. But to be honest I don’t get upset or see it as a real goodbye. Maybe that has come with growing up as the daughter of a military family who moved every two years… I have friends all over the world, on their own adventure. I think it’s great! The Internet has now made it especially easy to keep in touch.

  16. Ashleenah says:

    That sucks that you’ve had so many people move away. I’ve only had 2 really, but at the time one of them wasn’t a close friend as we had had an argument not long before she left the country. I never got to say that I was sorry and I was going to miss her. We have now made up through FB now though.

    Hannes’ real name is Johannes, he’s South African. :)

    I don’t 100% believe it either, but I believe in that sort of stuff more so than religion.

  17. amano says:

    I’m kind of scared to be apart from my friends… ^^;
    That’s why when I get too close with them, I will try to distance myself from them. :(

  18. Mei says:

    Aww. It is really hard for me to say goodbye to someone especially if that someone is the one I love the most. Its worse if I only have a little time to be with him/her and he/she has to go back to his/her place. :(

  19. Minna says:

    I think I listen mostly to Joshua Radin – Closer, right now :-)

    And of course I’ve said goodbye to a lot of ppl in my life. Who is leaving town, who died, who decided they did not want me in their life anymore etc.

    I think it’s great you’re making life plans, and yes your office work can definately wait, or you can combine it with whatever your plans are :-) Good luck to you! :-)

  20. Christa says:

    I’ve said goodbye to only few people. I guess the good thing about technology is being able to keep in touch with those still living, through text, phone calls and emails. I always get go excited to see a text/email from one of my friends who live out of state.

    After my birthday this year I was starting to think it’s the end of my life, but with a few new and great friends in my life, I just my life is just starting.

    Right now I have one song I’ve been listening to a lot: Hallelujah I’m Mourning by White Wives

  21. Alex says:

    ah~ i know what you mean..saying good bye really hurts but i must admit, at these times i’m grateful for facebook because it helps me keep in touch with them. i’m glad your friend inspired you. that’s what friends are for and the fact that you’ll miss him shows how much he means to you :)

    1. no, but i have had to say good bye to my grandfather who passed away. it was the hardest thing to do.

    2. uhm~ i’m actually re-listening to old Japanese rock songs i listened to back in high school, haha

  22. Tricia says:

    It’s really hard when one of your closest friends leave for another country. One of my closest pal in college left for the US last February and one of my highschool best friends left for Singapore last month. AND OH, the guy who means all the world to me is leaving soon, too :(

    #1 song, I have two actually. I cant pick just one! It’s TWO STEPS BEHIND and CLOSING TIME. :)

  23. Kitty says:

    I had close friends who had to go study abroad. Good thing about that was all of them went to UK and were still able to see each other. The bad thing was, I had no one with me here. It was hard for me, since I had to live my life on my own and I had to look for new friends. But, that taught me to grow up and move on. :)

    And I’m glad to hear you’re doing the same. Live your life and have fun. There are lots of things out there waiting to be discovered.

  24. Kitty says:

    And oh, thank you so much for your comments on my portfolio website. :D
    Yeah you should focus your energy and time on school. Your website makeover can wait. ;)

  25. Gel says:

    To be honest with you, I haven’t been listening to music much lately. It’s crazy, I know, but i’m surviving! Hehe sometimes I listen to the radio but i’ve been on the go the past couple of days and music hasn’t been my thing for quite awhile.

    Yes, i’ve said tons of goodbyes to different people and it sucks when you reach to a point that you have to part ways. It can be pretty bittersweet but it would always feel nice to know that at some point, you have come across such a wonderful person and that maybe in the future, you will cross paths again :)

  26. Georgina says:

    I hate saying goodbye a lot. I don’t like leaving friends for the summer even if we’re just going to be busy and not going to see each other at school. Usually the only time we actually get to see each other is at school. I remember saying goodbye to my boyfriend before he went overseas. I missed him a lot but I was glad we got to chat.

    The song I’m really liking at the moment is Down by Anberlin. I’ve also been listening to Jebediah as I should be seeing them in concert soon.

  27. Cami says:

    A family friend just went off to join the military and I missed saying goodbye to him. I was disappointed. I hope I get to see him again soon.

    I love it when we can reconnect with friends. I definitely miss that connection when can’t seem to hit the right beats. I met a childhood friend yesterday and we started catching up almost immediately.

    My #1 song for the moment (love how you worded that) is Man of Fire by Lisa Gerrard
    ________________
    I’ve also come to realize that, ‘It’s not just me.’

  28. Moni says:

    Its sad how life progesses and we have to adapt to things we don’t really enjoy. Losing friends, making new ones, lots of changes, lots of goals is all part of life, I guess we have to make ourselves get used it. Its truly a big journey =)

  29. Karlee says:

    I hate saying goodbye to people, especially if you’re unsure if you’ll see them again. But life is full of moving on and letting go. It’s good that you have some big plans ahead of you! Definitely live in the moment and enjoy every minute of your life. :)

  30. Elizabeth says:

    Sometimes in life we all have to say goodbye to friends or people close to us in order to understand how much they meant to us. I do admit, I hate goodbyes. I remember a friend way back in high school who I had to say goodbye to and now, several years later we found each other on Facebook. It’s strange because we have not yet seen each other in person, not since high school.
    Exploring the world sounds like a grand adventure and I hope that it becomes a wonderful one for you. :)
    Right now the song in my head is This Ain’t Goodbye – by Train.

  31. Gail says:

    I never had my close friends have to go abroad for something. But 2 years from now, my best friend since third grade will go to Australia to continue her studies. Just the thought of it saddens me. Anyway, just as long as you guys can keep the communication intact, I am sure that the friendship will never ever end.

    Take Care, Gail.

  32. Dipika says:

    It always saddens me to say goodbye to friends but now I have started to treat it as part of life. Ah I would love to explore the world too…take me with you XD!

    I have had to say goodbyes quite often. Most of them were exchange students from other countries who eventually had to go back to their homeland. We still try to stay in touch via Facebook, emails but it isn’t the same :(.

    My #1 song to listen to currently is still Neverland by UKiss :D

  33. Liv says:

    I’ve never had someone who went away, because I’m the one that kept going away and had to say goodbye to people who were staying. So yeah after my first time going away I haven’t had a strong attachment to anybody since.

    That’s good you’re setting general goals, it’s called motivation.

    Right now I really love listening to The TRAX. It’s a nice break from the hibernating American rock and overkill K-pop going around.

  34. Krystal says:

    “I’m going to live my life and explore the world.” – Ooh! That’s exactly what I want to do! xD Do you plan to do it alone or bring a companion? I don’t know when I’ll want to go traveling around the world, but I do know that I really want to go on a road trip around America first. I mean, I live here, so might as well explore the land and see what’s waiting for me. :)

    Have you ever “said goodbye” to someone leaving (for college/another country etc.)? – Yeah I have, but they always come back. xP Unfortunately, I didn’t get to say goodbye to my cousin who was deported to Cambodia. :T

    What song is your #1 song to listen to at the moment :)? – I don’t really have a #1 song. I kinda just listen to everything.

  35. Cat says:

    I’m sorry that you had to say goodbye to another friend. It’s always sad to see friends leave. A lot of my friends moved for college, and then after college, more friends moved for work. But as you say, maybe we’ll all meet again.

    I think it’s good to not see the end of college as the end of your life. To me, it was the end of one type of life, but the start of a new one. One’s not better than the other; they’re just different!

    I don’t think I have a #1 song at the moment, but I have been listening to Rise Against a lot :)

  36. Aashni says:

    I started my first year of uni, and it’s a LONG way away from where I live.. so it was a huge thing saying good bye to my family… another thing is that all my friends moved to different universities too, which means I hardly get to see them as well :( So lots of good byes there!

    As for listening to songs… i’m currently loving the 5 o’clock in the morning song :) I also really love the soundtrack for the youtube video – baby monkey riding backwards on a pig :) <3

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_sfnQDr1-o

  37. Sandra says:

    Whenever I think about my friends who have been away for so long, I feel a bit sad. But then, just like the past jdoramas I’ve watched… we are still under the same sky.. so even though we don’t see them physically due to the fact that we are in diff. places, our connections will always be there… no matter what. :D

  38. Simone says:

    Traveling and exploring the world is a great idea. Normally people do it around the time they’re retiring or it’s always on their “bucket list” and some always say but never actually do.

    Have you ever “said goodbye” to someone leaving (for college/another country etc.)?
    No, I’ve never had to say goodbye for any of those reasons but I believe in the coming months I’ll have to say goodbye because I will be leaving for college if everything works like I have planned.

    What song is your #1 song to listen to at the moment :)?
    The Ambitious Girl by Wale

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    I’ve made some decisions finally!