Am back to square one. Or rather, make it "back to Terminal 3 of Heathrow". I am sitting in the exact same spot where I was one year ago (give or take 5 days), in July 2007 when I logged into this blog from the Cathay Pacific Lounge to share my excitement and apprehension (yes, I am a lounge lady, thank you all the business travel airmiles).
One year ago I was leaving my London life behind, with no idea whatsoever in terms of what to expect next. Knowing I would not see my friends for a long time made me a little bit sad that day one year ago (like now), but I was also very excited about the new life that was about to start at the time.
Today am feeling something similar, but today my destination is not unknown, as a matter of fact it's even very familiar. This time I already know who I will hang out with for nights out in town, gossiping, and shooting the breeze in general. I know who I will have long coffee breaks with in the office after even longer and intense days of work. I know what exactly I will spend my days doing in the office. I know what the place I live in looks like (am now itching to take in that view again) rather than being a vague idea in my imagination. That day I did not have anyone waiting for me, whereas now I even had several "When are you back in town? We miss you" messages .
I am much more self confident as well. Overall, I have found a new level of happiness and zen which I was clearly lacking at the time.
Most importantly, that day last year I was very preoccupied with asking myself whether moving to Hong Kong was a mistake or not. Today I definitely know the answer to that (given the little tear-in-the-corner-of-my-eye tone of this post clearly the answer is "of course is not").
I've been away from Hong Kong travelling for a month now, I never imagined I would miss that crazy little place that much. I am looking forward to picking up my life from where I left it in June and continuing the Evie-ness. Starting with a date with my next door neighbour who asked me out a few days before I left. Pretty good start no?