“The only thing constant in life is change”

– François de la Rochefoucauld (French classical author, 1613-1680)

As a sojourner, I can expect to move from one place to another, one season to the next, throughout this lifetime. This is true of most people, I believe. As I look back to 2010, I’ve seen a lot of changes in my life. And as I look ahead to 2011, I expect to see even more changes. I no longer resist change but accept it, even welcome it. Knowing that all things in life are fleeting helps me balance the goodbyes with hellos. I’m able to accept the pain of leaving things behind while being able to anticipate the new things that are to come.

Yesterday, I moved into a new apartment. Packing and cleaning up made me nostalgic with all the memories created at my old place. With the help of some friends, I was able to transport luggage and bags smoothly (though not without heavy lifting) in one round via 三轮车 for less than a dollar. I also had to return the trusty bicycle that I have been using to a teammate who is coming back. These are like the Goodbyes. At the same time, I am looking forward to my new apartment and living with a roommate again. A friend also offered to lend me her bicycle for as long as I need it. These are like the Hellos. As if to confirm my thoughts on change, I went to the wet market to shop for meat and vegetables but found it closed. I later found out that they moved to a new location. It made me feel sentimental because I had gotten used to the place. Changes.

empty marketplace

On a lighter note, the store that sells popcorn kernels is still there and I got a few kilos. I was glad that despite the changes, there are things that still remain … until the appointed time. While I still can, I intend to enjoy the journey and delight in what today holds. I think I’ll make popcorn tonight.

precious popcorn

2 Responses to “Change”

  1. kim says:

    so you won’t see the girls anymore? :*!

  2. mbcohao says:

    sadly, I probably won’t see the girls as often because I live too far away from them … but I’d get to hang out with them when I visit the new tenants :-)

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