Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Time Has Come...

Over Avurudu season I took time to celebrate and honour what has been my life in Sri Lanka for over the past decade, and all the amazing relationships that have grown and been nurtured along the way.  

It provided a wonderful opportunity to look at this spot where I find myself - at the crossroads - trying to decide whether to stay or go.

You may have noticed that I haven't been blogging over the past couple of months. It's because I've been busy trying to figure things out.

I've used the time to connect with friends living in other parts of Asia to look into possible options for a move. I'm blessed to have kind and generous friends to share their wisdom and knowledge.

This resulted in trips to a handful of places that I thought might genuinely resonate with me in order to explore job opportunities and further look into logistics of a relocation and other practicalities.

The bottom line is: I haven't fully made up my mind yet, but there are a couple of things I do know.

1. I have an affinity for Asia so, whether I stay or go, I will remain in Asia.

2. It feels like it's time to close the chapter on my Adventures in a Tuk-Tuk journey and focus on embarking on an entirely new adventure.

3. There are still many stories of my life in Sri Lanka that I haven't shared. A few stories were perhaps too political, culturally-sensitive and personal to post on the blog, so I didn't post them. While many others were simply fascinating and precious that I held back from releasing them. Given time, I may still offer them up in some other kind of published form.

Well... that's all I have for now.

It's been an absolute pleasure to have shared my Adventures in a Tuk-Tuk journey with you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the ways you have connected with me over the past five+ years. Whether you're living, working or visiting Sri Lanka, may you grow and thrive from all the experiences that unfold. And to the island I've called home for over a decade, may you prosper in all the good ways.

If you would like to stay in touch, you can email me.

Lastly, one of the things I learned early on in Sri Lanka is this phrase "gihilla ennam", which you say when you're departing a place. The beauty of this phrase and its origins is that it literally means "I'll come back". I love this way of saying goodbye. To me, it's like leaving the door slightly ajar. And on that note...

Gihilla ennam