If life is a backpack and a long train ride

It’s always hard to say goodbye to people who have already become a part of us. But our sadness for the inevitable separation will never conceal the fact that we all have to go on with our life. Following is a message I wrote for a colleague who will embark into a new career venture.

Sometimes life would seem like a long, solo train ride. We’d never get to choose who to sit beside with. Strangers would pop in at random stops. Some of them would stir our stillness making us wish they’d get off soon enough. But, there are also those whose presence turns a dreary journey fun-filled. A little glimpse of their life would show us a world different from our own, then we’ll never look at some things the same way again. Their simple gestures of benevolence would somehow ease the weariness of our meandering soul. And when parting time comes their waves of goodbye would sprinkle hopes that one day our paths will cross again. We’d sit back, sigh and smile at what’s left; wonderful memories to reminisce.

The time you’ve shared with us no matter how short were precious moments that we can never trade for something else. Thank you for the friendship. We wish you all the best in your new journey. Sayonara, until we meet each other again.

On his last day in the office, he shared this video which has a very deep message that I ended up contemplating after watching.



2 thoughts on “If life is a backpack and a long train ride

  1. What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it. People do come in and out of our lives for different reasons…even though it can be hard to say goodbye ~ we will have the memories. Love it! 🙂

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