And no, I don’t mean with a boyfriend or girlfriend…although that’s another tragedy altogether. Since moving to Canada, I have not seen my family or friends in the Philippines for almost four years. I worked on ships for about 5 years and I was mostly away 6-9 months out of those years so they’re used to me gone but this is the longest I’ve been away. Back then, even when I had the anticipation of going home for vacation, having a long distance relationship with people you care about can be a pain. I missed so many important moments in my family and friends’ lives…my sister’s graduation from university and weddings of friends and family members, just to name a few.
I missed so many birthdays, holidays and anniversaries. I missed the birth of my nephew. And this coming December, I won’t be there for one of my dearest friend’s wedding. LDRing sucks, yo.
But at the end of the day, this is the path that I chose to take so I knew I had to make the above sacrifices. It’s not easy, but this is my choice. Fortunately, I’m blessed to have family and friends who are always so supportive of the choices that I make…which is why I miss them so much. To be honest, this post doesn’t really have any point whatsoever, I just want to put it out there that being away from your hometown, discovering new places and meeting new people can be fun and exciting, but it can also be frustrating and heartbreaking.
But there’s always an end game in the choices that we make. And this is a reminder to myself that wherever life may lead me, I know I have wonderful people that I can always go home to, wherever they may be.