Last Christmas I went to Bali with two girlfriends. I’ve known them from my grad school days in the UK. During that one year period, they were two of my closest friends – N and P. While P is Indonesian and I got to meet her regularly, N is Russian – she’s still living the UK, and I haven’t met her since I left – five years ago. We still keep in touch though, and finally, she decided to visit Indonesia.
5 years seemed like 5 days to us. We instantly bonded again, conversations were flowing flawlessly. We shared good laugh, stories, and of course, great adventure in the island of Gods.
After exchanging stories about each other’s lives, how life has treated us the past 5 years, things that have happened and has not happened (yet), on our fourth/final day in Bali, we finally decided to agree on one simple life purpose.
That is, to be happy.
Meeting N again after 5 years was like a dream to me and P. It’s amazing how she is from a very different culture in a far far away country yet our minds are very much alike. Thank you N and P for a truly inspiring yet crazy short getaway. I hope I won’t need to wait another 5 years for us to be reunited again 🙂
Anyway – After I drove her to the airport as she was going to her next destination, I heard this song on the radio. Surprise, Surprise, it’s a British singer’s – Jess Glynne. Though she was not around 5 years ago during our time in the UK, I hereby declared this song as our official anthem for this trip.
Here’s my favorite part of the song:
I learned to wave goodbye
How not to see my life
Through someone else’s eyes
It’s not an easy road
But now I’m not alone
So I, I won’t be so hard on myself no more
And of course, the reff:
Don’t be so hard on yourself, no
Learn to forgive, learn to let go
Everyone trips, everyone falls
So don’t be so hard on yourself, no
As I am writing this for self-reminder, I want you to also keep this in mind: Don’t be so hard on yourself – you deserve to be happy. Cheers!