One of my friends just came out of an operation. She is doing fine, there are no long term damages and all she needs is a few weeks off to recover and be fit as a fiddle again. She has her friends, boyfriend and family around her to help go through this tough time.
Talking to her made me realise the importance of being surrounded by people you love and people who love you. It made me wonder if I was setting my priorities straight and worrying about the right issues.
I spend a lot of my time agonising over my break up with Le Poulet, who was the worst person in the world to count on. One day I was in my kitchen in London and had a minor domestic accident, I basically burnt my arm with some boiling water. The burn was quite bad so given its size and the pain I decided to go to see a pharmacist asap. At no point in time I thought of calling Le Poulet. I don't know why. Maybe because I knew I would be disappointed.
When I moved here I have left quite a few friends behind in Europe and even though with the internet it's easy to keep in touch it's still not the same. I am meeting a ton of new people here in Hong Kong but it will take time to make deep meaningful friendships.
My family has always been another long story, we are not exactly connected closely most of the time. I know I can count on them in case of need but they are not part of my daily life and it's never something that I gave much thought before.
I still love my life here, and am not complaining (well most of the time). I needed to change many things in my last environment and Hong Kong offers a lot of the things I was looking for, including a challenging and exciting job. Even though making very precise plans in life is a bit useless, I am starting to realise I should be careful about not letting the important things slip by. Like someone said "On your deathbed no-one will remember you for the hours put in in the office".