April 15th, 2019
I’m writing this letter to you as I want you to know that the biggest decision I have ever made in my life was deciding with my parents if we should move to Ireland for a better life – which of course meant parting from you and those dear to me. The day the final decision was made, my soul was in turmoil. Part of me cried because I didn’t want to leave my lifelong friends, and part of me was just happy to seize a new chapter in my life. I panicked about how I was going to make new friends and be accepted by others, especially when I spoke a different language, entered a new school and lived in a strange country. My emotions were in turmoil. I was starting a new life – a new journey. So to cope, I decided to look at the change as a journal, full of blank pages waiting to be filled in with new adventures. My parents always taught me – in this life you have to be ready to face challenges and seize the opportunities which were meant for you. So I tried to be strong, to be prepared for things to come, to focus on my education, my future career, but more importantly how I would use these opportunities to help others less fortunate than me. So here I am one year later in Ireland, I have a few friends, I go to school and embrace new experiences. I enjoy every little moment, even though it is still hard for me as I remember our last parting at the airport, where we were crying and hugging each other, but I knew you were happy for me. I knew my life would be so different but I still cried the whole way to Ireland. When I got here, I decided to record the memories of our happiest days, when I feel down, I read the small moments that were so precious to me, especially your words of advice “it is just a bad day, not a bad life”. I want to THANK YOU for our true and beautiful friendship. I still greet every day as a blank page to be filled with colourful ink, I know there is no price on memories or aspirations. I will seize every opportunity to achieve my goals and make you proud of me.
Apologies if I am being a little bit dramatic but I am a little bit emotional, I can feel the warm tears dripping down my face, but don’t worry they are happy tears, because they are warm.
You know that maybe someday I will come back to visit you, to talk about our new journeys and how good friends are like stars, you may not always see them – but you know they are there.
Lots of love…. Your true friend Rebecca