“I’m really sad.”
“Me too. But somehow I think being sad right now is a good thing.”
Marina looks at me through teary eyes with puzzlement.
“It simply means we had a fantastic time during the past 3 months, right up until the very end. We left on a good note.”
Marina goes back to nibbling at her muffin as she considers my suggestion.
“Think about the alternative: if we were now sitting here discussing how relieved we were to head back to Canada, it would imply that we prefer stability and comfort to the uncertainty of adventure.”
I finish off the last of my yogurt with granola, as we sit together in a silent and empty Starbucks in the Miami airport, waiting for our connecting flight to Toronto.
It is approximately 6:00am.
We had just gotten off our mostly sleepless red-eye flight from Rio, and we’re both a bit knackered.
This may explain why we’re getting a bit emotional.
Alternatively, it may simply be that we really didn’t want this adventure to end.
I would be lying to myself if I didn’t admit that had money not been an issue, I would have easily stayed in Rio for much longer, if not permanently.
On the other hand, over the past week, while we were enjoying ourselves lounging on the beach, it struck me that I had gotten out of this “life detour” exactly what I needed: perspective.
The clarity I was desperately missing back in April I have more or less achieved (for the time being).
It is certainly sad to put an end to what I consider to be the best 3 months of my life.
However, rather than an end, I see this adventure as merely the beginning of the next chapter of our lives.
Let the fun begin…
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