Bid a tearful farewell to Mike and Maureen yesterday here in KL. They took off for Bangkok and then LA. We got quite misty saying goodbye. A lot has happened over the past couple of weeks and we deepened our friendships significantly. Maureen and Mike told me in the car yesterday that in most of the important ways, I have not changed since they last saw me those many months ago, and they were happy about that. But there was one important difference, they noticed. I seem a lot more “zen” to them, more present and at peace with everything. More able to enjoy the live, life moment we are in, less needing to put myself (and those around me) into the next planned moment. At the end of our trip I felt so much a part of my friends, not just “with” them, and my tears at seeing them go are really the tears of connection and of recognition in their eyes.
Something important happened in the last couple of weeks, celebrating turning 40 and moving on. Something my friends were here to share with me. Something they were here to reflect back at me. I have been in a near perpetual state of bliss about being. I could not have asked for a better birthday present.