For the last 4 years, I have been tutoring ESL to people around the world. What was supposed to be an easy way to earn a little money became something that would change my life.
I was lucky enough to meet a group of people that transformed from students into friends. These lovely souls opted to stay with me for most of my time tutoring.
They welcomed me into their lives. They shared their sorrows, struggles, joys, celebrations, cultures, traditions, and even the mundane day-to-day stuff you share with those you trust.
I shared back.
I opened my heart, and they filled it with so much love that walking away was heartbreaking for me.
I started a new job 2 weeks ago and it’s wonderful. I know it was the right choice for me and my family.
It was a massive decision. Not made lightly or easily.
Walking away from my weekly (sometimes daily!) conversations with the people that I was lucky enough to connect with has left a hole in my life.
But isn’t that something?
Isn’t that everything?
To make those kinds of connections through a screen, across the world, with what were perfect strangers from all walks of life, all ages, both women and men….is nothing short of amazing.
I cherish this hole. Having it means I experienced something real.
Instead of looking at it and allowing it to make me feel sad or even a touch lonely, I see it as proof of how much I loved my time with them and how much their friendships mean to me.
I hope that we will keep in touch. I hope that I get to continue to be a part of their worlds and I want them to be a part of mine.
Time will tell what the future holds but no matter what that looks like, I will be forever grateful for the time we spent together.
See you later… ❤